Would you like help having a conversation that matters? These are just a few great resources we’ve found. Your suggestions welcome!

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is a national initiative with the goal to have every person’s end-of-life wishes both expressed and respected.

BJ Miller, MD

Watch his remarkable TED Talk: What Really Matters at the End of Life

Atul Gawande

Surgeon by day and public health journalist by night, Atul Gawande explores how doctors can dramatically improve their practice using something as simple as a checklist.

Gone from My Sight

Also known as “The Blue Book.” This was the first and remains the most widely used patient/family booklet on the signs of approaching death. The biggest fear of watching someone die is fear of the unknown; not knowing what dying will be like or when death will actually occur. The booklet explains simply, with no medical terminology, the normal process of dying and stages of approaching death from disease. Learn more here.

Dying to Know Day, August 8

Bringing to life conversations and community actions around death, dying, and bereavement. D2KDay promotes death literacy.

Five Wishes

A project by Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life.

Books of Interest

Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life, by Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD

On Living, by Kerry Egan, hospice chaplain

Dates to Remember

May 6: US Nurses Day

May 12: International Nurses Day

August 8: Dying to Know

October 2-9: World Hospice Week

October 8: World Hospice Day

October 13:  New Friday 13th Opens Nationally

November: Hospice & Palliative Care Month

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