End of Life

Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement.

  • End of Life Planning
  • 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.
  • 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: 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.
  • The Order of the Good Death: Founded by a young mortician in 2011 and part of the positive death movement.
  • 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.
  • The Theory of Anything: Artist Annie Huntley’s site encourages us to “explore death and grieve in ways that are unique and creative expressions of our love and loss.” Includes links to books and other resources. 
  • 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.