Resources

There are many resources available on the topic of end of life and advance care planning. Here are a few of my favorites:

Books:
Checklist for My Family: A Guide to My History, Financial Plans, and Final Wishes by Sally Balch Hurme, J.D. (Project Advisor with the AARP Outreach and Education team)
Good to Go: A Guide to Preparing for the End of Life by Jo Myers
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gwande
What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying by Dr. Karen Wyatt
In This Moment…the little book of emotions
Lessons in Loss and Living by Michele Reiss, PhD
Love Never Dies by Larry Barber

Advance Care Planning Resources:
5 Wishes
The Conversation Project
Begin the Conversation
Toolkit for Advance Care Planning
My Final Wishes
My Directives
Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of MA
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
CAKE — an app that creates a digital archive
Everplans offering a digital archive of wishes
Commission on Law and Aging

What If… Workbook: This comprehensive guide allows you to write down all of your end-of-life and final wishes. In addition, it provides not only space to record all your financial and estate matters, it touches on contacts to be called, what to do with pets, and your legacy of how you want to be remembered.

Caring Cards: An easy way to engage loved ones in meaningful conversations with a box of Caring Cards that offers over 50 open-ended questions on a wide range of topics to generate connection with others.

Websites:
Funeral Consumer Alliance: a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

National Home Funeral Alliance: The place to find information about home funerals, including directories for where to find a speaker, a home funeral education program, a home-funeral-friendly funeral director, celebrants and clergy, and groups who will help families when needed.

Threshold Support Circle: A forum and resource to explore end-of-life issues and after-death care. Services include education and support to individuals and families on caring for our own after death, in addition to workshops, speakers, film screenings, and themed discussions on death/dying and grief/loss. I am happy to be member of the Threshold Support Circle Advisory Board!

Canadian Integrative Network for Death Education and Education: A nonprofit organization committed to the wholistic Pan-death Movement (before, during and after death), including Death Midwifery and related after death practices. They also provide comprehensive dying and death resources in Canada, the US, the UK, and Australia.

I’m Sorry to Hear: An online funeral planning community. Included are funeral home services in the US, reviews, a funeral planning checklist, and tips.

Death Cafe: At a Death Cafe people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. The aim is to increase awareness of death to help people make the most of their (finite) lives