End-of-Life Conversation Resources

Talk about end of life wishes


New Jerey Living Will & Durable Power of Attorney Forms >> 

AARP - Advanced Planning Glossary >>This provides explanations of some legal terms you may find helpful in thinking, talking about, and documenting your wishes through pain, serious illness, and end of life. 

Conversations of a Lifetime >>  

The Conversation Project >>
The Conversation Project has fostered a grassroots public campaign to make it easier to initiate conversations about dying, and to encourage people to talk now, and as often as necessary, so that their wishes are known when the time comes. The project’s user-friendly site offers a downloadable starter kit and other end-of-life conversation resources.

National Institute of Health - Preparing for End of Life >>
Few of us are comfortable talking about death, whether our own or a loved one’s. It is a scary, even taboo, subject for many. The end of a life, no matter how long and well lived, can bring with it a sense of loss and sadness. It can also be a reminder of our own mortality, so we may avoid even thinking about death. This is normal -- but death is normal, too. All of us will face it at some point ...

Go Wish >>
Go Wish is a card game which helps you find words to talk about what is important if you or a loved one should find yourself living a life shortened by serious illness. Playing the game with your relatives or best friends can help you learn how you can best comfort your loved ones when they need you most.

Deathwise >>
Deathwise is passionate about motivating people to talk about, make decisions, plan for the end of their lives and then documenting their wishes in an advance directive to ensure their preferences are communicated to their medical services providers, family and friends. 

Prepare For Your Care >>
PREPARE is a website that uses videos and stories to teach people how to identify their values and goals for medical care and to make medical decisions. 

Wise Conversations >>
Wise Conversations can lead to becoming what we call DeathWise—wiser about death, wiser about planning for it, and committed to living life fully.


New Jersey Department of Health>>


Download Your State's Advance Directive >>



Talk about end of life wishesNY Times best seller - Being Mortal by Atul Gawande.

PBS NewsHour - Why is it so difficult to talk about death? >>

NY Times  - Teenagers Face Early Death on Their Terms >>

NY Times - The Trouble With Advance Directives >> 

Readers Digest - 16 Smart Things People Do to Prepare for Death >>

Hospice Patients' Poetry Reveals Joys, Struggles Near End of Life >> 

Practitioners Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment >>
The Practitioners Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form helps patients with a life-limiting illness, in collaboration with their health care provider, to identify goals of care and preferences for treatment. While POLST is focused on people who are facing a life-limiting illness, Advance Directives can be used by individuals in any stage of life.  

My Healthcare Wishes App from ABA

Mobile App

The American Bar Association has launched a free smartphone app, called My Health Care Wishes. The app allows people to store their advanced directives as a secure PDF in their own smartphone — or, they can have their child, spouse, or healthcare proxy store the information on their phone instead.

Five Wishes

This DVD-and-discussion program addresses your personal, emotional, spiritual and medical wishes so that family and friends won’t have to guess what you want and make hard choices without knowing your wishes. The Five Wishes living will is valid in most states, including New Jersey. Participants bring the easy-to-complete booklet home at the end of the presentation to complete at their leisure. 

Timely Conversations

We talk about the weather, sports, and breaking news. But too many of us shy away from talking about what matters most. If a surgery, accident, or serious illness prevented you from speaking for yourself, what would your wishes be? How would you define quality of life? This engaging conversation gets you thinking about your wishes, guides you to find the right time to talk about your wishes with those who are important to you, and helps you act by writing it all down. This program takes you beyond the advance care planning and living will legal document.



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