Advance Directives

  • Myths and Facts About Health Care Advance Directives A list of common myths about advance directives and the facts that dispel them. (American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging)
  • Your Living Will: The New Advance Health Care Directive A comprehensive list of questions and answers regarding California advance health care directives. (California Medical Association)
  • Five Wishes A very popular document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. Addresses medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual needs. Also encourages discussing your wishes with your family and physician. "Non-printable" version is free; $5 charge for printable version (Aging with Dignity)
  • Caring Connections Offers consumer information and state-by-state advance directive forms. (NHPCO)



  • Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience by Barbara Karnes.  Also known as “The Hospice Blue Book,” this is the primary source and most widely used booklet on the signs of approaching death.
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Its OK to Die by Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy and Kristian A. Murphy
  • Conscious Aging--Audio CD by Ram Dass
  • Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass
  • The Hour of Our Death by Philippe Aries
  • How We Die by Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi

Grief Support

  • not-for-profit organization assisting those who cope either personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief.

Hospice Support

  • California Hospice and Palliative Care Association advocates for those facing life-threatening illnesses. They provide technical resources, monitor legislative and regulatory activities, and work closely with other organizations that share an interest in end of life care. They serve both California and Nevada.
  • goal of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is to educate about and advocate for the fundamental philosophy and principles of hospice care to meet the unique needs of each terminally ill person and his or her loved ones.