Resources for End-of-Life Care
Planning for the future can be challenging, but there are many helpful resources out there. Here are a few that you might find useful.
Health Care Proxy
BIDMC's Health Care Proxy resources, including the form, FAQs, and a
conversation planning worksheet.
Know Your Options
A pamphlet for patients with serious illness, describing the range of
treatment options available including primary, specialty, palliative, and
hospice care. The packet also includes a two-page guide to talking with
your health care provider about your options.
The Conversation Project
This website offers a Conversation Starter Kit to help you plan a
discussion with your health care proxy, family and/or friends. It also
offers a guide to speaking with your health care provider about your
wishes. Both kits are available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.
This is a website of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
In includes a helpful glossary of terms as well as a toll-free Helpline
End Of Life
This is a section of the National Institutes of Health website. Among the
resources offered are videos about key questions related to advance care
planning, such as the different types of care available at the end of life.
Death Over Dinner
This website walks you through the steps involved in planning a dinnertime
conversation about dying, with a bit of humor. Like The Conversation
Project, the site also offers a practical checklist to help you plan the
discussion with loved ones.
Patients' Rights and Responsibilities
Your Medical Information
Patient and Family Engagement at BIDMC
Palliative Care Program
Spiritual Care and Education