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Ask A Mortician

Mortician in Los Angeles. You got death questions, we got death answers. Mortality + Culture. www.orderofthegooddeath.com www.facebook.com/OrderoftheGoodDeath twitter.com/TheGoodDeath

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I’m not messing with you guys, GIMME! WHERE TO SEND THEM Website: www.orderofthegooddeath.com Twitter: www.twitter.com/thegooddeath Instagram: instagram.com/thegooddeath Facebook: www.facebook.com/orderofthegooddeath CREDITS Mortician: Caitlin Doughty Script Research: Sarah Troop Flying Kitten Titles: Oliver Franklin Anderson Patreon Link to Support Ask a Mortician: http://www.patreon.com/thegooddeath Co-Op Funeral Home in Seattle: http://funerals.coop/ FURTHER INFO TO GET YOU STARTED Keep in mind, there’s NO WAY a 5 minute video can cover everything, it’s best to look up “Advance Directive– then your state/country/province” for more detailed info. Some easy to understand steps: 1) designate the person you want to be your “agent” 2) have a conversation with them about your wishes and gain their consent to accept this role 3) I would suggest going here http://www.caringinfo.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3289 Then, click on your state and fill out the forms. OR You can also visit an attorney who specializes in ADs, living wills, etc. 4) Visit a notary with your agent (there are also mobile notaries if you need them to come to you) You will need to provide identification to the notary. Your state may also require up to two witnesses. It should state if this is required on the documents you downloaded from your state on the caringinfo.org site. An attorney can also inform you. 5) Store documents in a digital bank like Docubank, carry copies with you - some people suggest putting them into a freezer lock ziplock bag and putting them in the freezer and tell everyone that’s where they are. DO NOT put in a safe or safety deposit box. The “Put it in writing” brochure (here’s a link to the pdf) this addresses most common questions about advanced directives plus, a super useful glossary of medical terms for people who are looking for input and clarification on what things to they may need to consider http://www.aha.org/content/13/putitinwriting.pdf Docubank- great for everyone - you file all our advanced directives, will, power of attorney etc. digitally - it’s just like an online/digital safe. This service issues you a card you can carry in a wallet. In case of emergency, your designated person (or anyone really) or hospital staff can call number on the card and immediately be provided with all your legal documents - https://www.docubank.com “It is especially critical for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to know that if you do not create a health care proxy naming your partner or a friend as your agent, the hospitals and courts will look to your closest biological family member to make health care decisions for you, and your partner or friend will have no legal right to make such decisions. Also note that a health care proxy becomes ineffective at your death and it is, therefore, critical that you also have a will.” http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/health-care-proxy