End-of-Life Conversation Resources

Talk about end of life wishes

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. 

Check out Chatbot Emily, an innovative online program that helps you talk about end-of-life decisions. In this judgement-free zone, there's no right or wrong answer! 

Conversation of Your Life >> Conversation of Your Life is a South Jersey Mayors Wellness Campaign program that focuses on engaging communities in fruitful dialogue—the Conversation of Your Life—to let individuals’ family, friends, or doctors understand and respect their end-of-life wishes through advance care planning. Conversation of Your Life is generously supported by The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey. 

Conversations of a Lifetime >>  Learn how to talk about end of life.

Click here to read tips about how to talk to someone about end of life who doesn't want to talk about it.

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. 

Advanced directive FORMS

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

New Jersey Department of Health>>

Download Your State's Advanced Directive >>

POLST - 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. POLST is for people who are facing a life-limiting illness. This form is a compliment to, not a replacement of, your advance directive.

NEW emPOLST - Using Electronic Mobile Technology - Click here to check it out! 

Five Wishes >> 

Free Living Will Workshops for Seniors - Offered by Camden County NJ - More Info >>

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Samaritan offers free presentations for community groups about the importance of having end-of-life conversations.

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Talk it out.Your Life Wishes - It starts with a conversation. >>
Whether it’s a baby on the way or your retirement plans, a family vacation, or your child’s college fund, having confidence in responding to whatever life brings you is often a matter of simple, timely and thoughtful preparation. Your approach to your own medical needs should be no different.

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.  Wise Conversations >>

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. 

READing suggestions

Talk about end of life wishesNY Times best selling book - 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 >>

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


  • Dying Well: Peace and Possibilities at the End of Life by Ira Byock
  • The Best Care Possible: A Physicians Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life by Ira Byock
  • The Four Things that Matter Most by Ira Byock
  • The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care by Angelo E. Volandes, MD
  • Extreme Measure - Finding A Better Path to the End of Life by Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD
  • The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
  • Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Hope for a Cool Pillow by Margaret Overton
  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awarness, Needs, and Communication of the Dying by Maggie Callanan
  • Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Car and Comfort at End of Life by Maggie Callanan

Mobile App
 created by the aba

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.


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