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Death & Dying: Planning Help

The Conversation Project 

An initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “helping people share their wishes for care through the end of life.”

Death Cafe 

Death Café’s “objective is ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’.

What is Death Cafe?

Conduct conversations about end-of-life care, death, and dying.

End of Life Resource for Patients and Families

Excellent page of resources provided by Death with Dignity National Center, including Life File, physician aid in dying statutes, A Checklist for End-of-Life Planning, Advance directive/living will, medical power of attorney healthcare proxy, POLST/MOLST, Advance care planning with Alzheimer’s/dementia, palliative care, and hospice, alternatives to physician-assisted dying, Advanced planning for Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia.

Determine the status of states that have Death with Dignity statutes

Creating Your Life File: A Checklist for End-of-Life Planning

According to Death with Dignity National Center, “a Life File is a central place to keep “how and what” documents that ensure your wishes are honored at the end of your life and your loved ones have the information they need to take care of your affairs when you die.”

Your Conversation Starter Kit

“What Matters to Me” Workbook

Jointly created by Ariadne Labs and The Conversation Project to help people with a serious illness think through and talk about what matters most to them – to make sure they get the care they want.

How to Talk to Your Doctor: Discussing end-of-life care with your doctor, nurse, or other health care provider

Death with Dignity Act – Find out if you state has state’s physician-assisted/aid-in-dying laws

Ralph Harms Chooses a Death with Dignity – Follow His Story

Alternative Options to Hastening Death

Whether physician-assisted dying is available in your state or not, you may be able to hasten your impending death by not starting treatment, stopping treatment, palliative sedation, or voluntary stopping of eating and drinking.

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