Once you understand the medical decisions included in an advance directive, it’s time to complete and notarize one! Remember, this is a living, breathing document; changes can be made at any time.

What to Bring

Congratulations on making your end-of-life wishes known!

In Missouri, a notary and two witnesses must be present to make your advance directive official. Bring the following with you on Decisions Day:

  • Your completed advance directive (but do not sign the document until you are in the presence of the notary and witnesses)
  • Valid photo ID (you will show the ID to the notary)
  • #MyDeathMyPlan Packet (this colorful orange folder is a helpful tool for staying organized)

What to do After

Once your advance directive has been notarized, give a copy to:

  • Your healthcare agent(s)
  • Your physician/health provider
  • Your attorney (if applicable)

Make sure you have had those essential conversations with anyone involved in your end-of-life care before giving them your advance directive.

Regularly Review

Over time, your end-of-life preferences might change. You should review your advance directive (at least) every five years.

It’s also important to reevaluate when one of the “five D’s” occurs:
  1. Death of a family member, a spouse, or a friend
  2. Divorce
  3. Decade
  4. Diagnosis
  5. Decline in health

Keep a Copy

After your advance directive has been notarized, it should go in an accessible place. Consider storing your advance directive in a bright colored folder or envelope.

BucketList +1 helps remove information barriers and provides its partners with orange #MyDeathMyPlan packets.

Sign. Seal. Deliver.

Download your free advance healthcare directive

You can find advance directive variations on the resources page.

Did we mention there's donuts?

Celebrate completing an advance directive!

On Decisions Day, our community partners can show they “Donut Fear the Reaper” by providing a sweet treat to those who notarize an advance directive.

By taking control of your end-of-life wishes and preferences, you have relieved loved ones of making difficult decisions during stressful moments.