A health care directive form is an easy and inexpensive way to make your healthcare decisions known in the event you are unable to make your own decisions. Health care directive forms often also allow your health care agent to make anatomical donation and after death decisions about what will happen to your body.
A health care directive is not required for whole body donation to the Anatomy Bequest Program. A copy of an existing health care directive is required if the person you have empowered as a health care agent is other than your legally recognized kin, or if you would have empowered a lower level family member to be your health care agent over a higher ordered family member. For example, if you have empowered a sibling to make after death decisions on your behalf and you are married at the time of your death, we would need to have a copy of the health care directive on file in order to accept the donation and work with your sibling at the time of donation. The Anatomy Bequest Program has the right to decline a donation in the event of family discord at the time of the death.
The Minnesota State Revisers Office recommends standardized advance health care directive language which may be found here. The Anatomy Bequest Program has imported the suggested language into a PDF form which you can fill out and print, the form can be found here. If you are using Firefox, right click on the link and select Save Link As. Then open the file in Adobe Acrobat.