Death and Dying

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  • Aging with Dignity: The Five Wishes: A private, non-profit organization with a mission to safeguard the human dignity of people as they age or face serious illness. Their Five Wishes document helps people plan in advance of a serious illness.
  • Art of Dying Institute: “Dedicated to fostering an engaged community of practitioners; researchers & scholars; educators; front-line innovators; partners; and investors to address the need for a cultural awakening around the theme of death and our mortality, how we die, and the consequences for how we live.” An initiative of the New York Open Center.
  • Communicating End-of-Life Care Wishes with Clinicians and Family: A guide to educate and support those facing end-of-life issues for themselves or loved ones. From Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.
  • The Conversation Project: Dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.
  • The Death Café: A group-directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. Their intention is “to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their finite lives.”
  • Death and Dying Discussion Series: Descriptions, book lists and links to YouTube recordings of events held in 2019 at the San Francisco Public Library.
  • Death Over Dinner: How we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation America isn’t having. Dozens of medical and wellness leaders have been gathered to cast an unflinching eye at end of life, and created an uplifting interactive adventure that transforms this seemingly difficult conversation into one of deep engagement, insight and empowerment.
  • End of Life Blog: Thoughts from an M.D.: Stories about end of life situations encountered by Dr. Jim DeMaine during a 32-year practice in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, in which he explores the ethical issues, stresses, successes, and failures.
  • End of Life Planning for Families and Seniors: A guide to starting the conversation and some basic information about such things as insurance, wills, powers of attorney, and including links to other resources. Presented by Bestow, a life insurance company 
  • End of Life Washington: Guides people in planning for the final days of their lives, by providing free end-of-life counseling and client support services statewide to qualified patients who desire a peaceful death. Formerly Compassion & Choices of Washington.
  • Final Roadmap: “The Final Roadmap Toolkit includes tools and documents that encompass all the decisions you or your loved ones will need to make.” Pricing is here.
  • My Gift Of Grace: A surprisingly fun game about end of life that families around the world are using to start meaningful conversations.
  • The Order of the Good Death: Founded by a young mortician in 2011 and part of the positive death movement.
  • OK to Die: End of Life Preparation Checklist: Their mission is to create conditions in which people plan ahead, make their peace, understand that it is OK to die naturally, and make educated choices which allow them to pass away peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by those who love them most.
  • The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life: An article in The New York Times on death cafes, death doulas, “Ask a Mortician,” DeathLab, all part of a common idea: “that Western culture has become too squeamish about talking about death, and that the silence impoverishes the lives leading up to it.”
  • Positive Endings: Become comfortable with planning your own death. Dori Gillam engages groups with compassion and humor to share and learn about end of life planning.
  • Speaking of Dying: A powerful short film by Trudy James with a message for seniors and others that it’s possible to learn about and discuss end of life choices before a crisis occurs.
  • WeCroak: Based on a Bhutanese folk saying that to be a happy person one must contemplate death five times daily, this app sends “five invitations at randomized times to stop and think about death.” Each invitation includes a quote about death from a poet, philosopher, or notable thinker.