End-of-Life Decisions

End-of-life decisions involve choosing what kinds of medical care we would or would not want at the end of our lives, who will be empowered to carry out our wishes, and how we want to spend our final days. For some, it may mean choosing the time of our death. The resources listed on this page provide information and assistance with making and communicating these important decisions. Some of the organizations also engage in policy advocacy.

Click on the v-shaped arrow to the right of each program description to view more information.

This state agency's website provides information about end-of-life care and planning as well as a link to California's Advance Health Care Directive form.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: Public Inquiry Unit, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Phone: (916) 210-6276

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/care

This website, published by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association, offers information about advance directives and other end-of-life planning tools as well as end-of-life care options.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Phone: (800) 658-8898

Email: caringinfo@nhpco.org

Website: https://www.caringinfo.org/

This national non-profit offers information and guidance about planning for the end of life, including the Caring Conversations workbook.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: Harzfeld Building, 111 Main Street, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO 64105-2116

Phone: (816) 221-1100

Email: center@practicalbioethics.org

Website: https://www.practicalbioethics.org/programs/advance-care-planning/

This organization provides information, training materials, and other tools to promote advance care planning and help health care proxies understand their roles. They also host webinars and special events. Resources are available for health care providers as well as the general public.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Phone: (916) 489-2222

Email: info@coalitionccc.org

Website: https://coalitionccc.org/

This national non-profit organization provides advance planning guides and advocates for expanded choices at the end of life.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 101 SW Madison Street, #8009, Portland, OR 97207

Phone: (800) 247-7421

Email: can send message through Contact page on website

Website: https://compassionandchoices.org/

This organization provides guides and videos to help people talk about end-of-life wishes and choose health care proxies.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 53 State St, 19th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Email: conversationproject@IHI.org

Website: https://theconversationproject.org/

Note: this program is affiliated with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement

This national organization provides information about medical aid in dying and engages in policy advocacy.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: 520 SW 6th Avenue, #1220, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: (503) 228-4415

Email: can send message through Contact Us page on website

Website: https://deathwithdignity.org/

The Five Wishes form helps users reflect on what is most important to them and address their personal, emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life in addition to documenting their preferences about life-sustaining treatment and medical decision makers.

Cost: forms and guides range from free to under $100, see website Store for details

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Address: PO Box 1661, Tallahassee, FL 32302-1661

Phone: (850) 681-2010

Email: info@fivewishes.org

Website: https://fivewishes.org/

This step-by-step program with videos and guides walks users through the process of communicating end-of-life care wishes, choosing medical decision makers, and completing advance directives for health care.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone

Email: info@prepareforyourcare.org

Website: https://prepareforyourcare.org/en/welcome

The VA offers information about advance care planning specifically tailored for veterans, including how to complete the VA Advance Directive form.

Cost: no cost

Who Is Eligible: anyone (targeted to veterans and their loved ones)

Website: https://www.va.gov/geriatrics/pages/advance_care_planning_topics.asp

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This page was created by Catheryn Koss.