End of Life Resources

Online Resources

Aging with Dignity
Provides the Five Wishes Living Will, legal in 33 states ($5 fee). P.O. Box 1661, Tallahassee, FL 32302-1661. Call: 1-888-594-7437

Delaware End of Life Coalition
Network of people and resources to help the people of Delaware address the difficult issues surrounding end-of-life.

Defining Wellness through the End of Life - Resources for people facing life-limiting illness, their families, and their professional caregivers. Dr. Ira Byock, long time palliative care physician and advocate for improved end-of-life care, and a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, provides written resources and referrals to organizations, web sites and books to empower persons with life threatening illness and their families to live fully.

Gundersen Lutheran End-of-Life Care
Programs that help health care providers implement advance directives in hospitals. 1900 South Ave., La Crosse, WI 54601-5494. Call: 608-782-7300 or 1-800-362-9567

Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying
Provides free, state-specific living wills. PFC Publications — Publications Office, 325 East Oliver St., Baltimore, MD 21202. Hotline: 1-800-658-8898. Spanish Helpline: (877)658-8896

SeniorLAW Center
SeniorLAW Center provides a combination of legal services, community education, outreach, and advocacy, incorporating a comprehensive approach to representing and empowering its clients. SeniorLAW Center also acts as a vital link in the complex network of services available to Philadelphia's senior citizens. SeniorLAW Center has a telephone message in English and Spanish to assist clients who call outside normal business hours, and bilingual staff and attorneys are available to aid non-English speaking clients.

Survivors of Suicide
For families and friends of suicide victims.

Reading resources

Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life — By Ira Byock, MD

Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness — By Joanne Lynn (Editor), Joan Harrold, Center to Improve Care of the Dying, Rosalynn Carter

Kitchen Table Wisdom - Stories That Heal — By Naomi Rachel Remen, MD

Cultural Issues in End-of-Life Decision Making — Edited by Kathryn L. Braun, James H. Pietsch and Patricia Blanchette

Facing Death: Where Culture, Religion and Medicine Meet — Edited by Howard M. Spiro, Mary G. McCrea Curnen and Lee Palmer Wandel

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down — By Anne Fadiman

Cancer Doesn't Have to Hurt: How to Conquer the Pain Caused by Cancer and Cancer Treatment — Pamela J. Haylock, Carol P. Curtiss

The Dying Process: Patients' Experiences of Palliative Care — Julie Lawton.

Hospice and Palliative Care: Questions And Answers — Virginia F. Sendor and Patrice M. O'Connor

Living With Dying: A Guide for Palliative Care — Cicely M. Saunders, Mary Baines and Robert Dunlop

A Physician's Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients — By Janet L. Abrahm, M.D.

Ready to Live: Prepared to Die. A Provocative Guide to the Rest of Your Life — Amy Harwell

At Home With Dying: A Zen Hospice Approach — By Merrill Collett

The Good Death : The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life — By Marilyn Webb. Bantam

The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die — By Kathleen Dowling Singh

How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife — By Christopher Jay Johnson, Marsha G. McGee

How to Survive the Loss of a Love — By Peter McWilliams, Harold Bloomfield and Melba Colgrove

Making Friends With Death: A Buddhist Guide to Encountering Mortality — By Judith L. Lief. Shambhala

Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Approach — By Larry Dossey

Who Dies?: An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying — By Stephen Levine