Once you’ve filled out your advance directives, be sure to share them with your loved ones, healthcare agent, physician and attorney. Keep the signed original document(s) in a safe place accessible to others (for example, don’t put them in a private safe deposit box). Tell loved ones you trust where the originals are located.

NOTE: Be sure all important documents are sealed in plastic to protect them in case of flooding.

Make photocopies to give to your healthcare agent, physician, attorney, clergy or others who may become involved in your healthcare.

Be aware that instructions to withhold life-sustaining treatments from a pregnant woman will not be honored under Texas law. Also know that ambulance and hospital emergency department workers are required to perform CPR unless they are provided with a signed copy of a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order.