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A new web resource, "Finding Our Way:  Living with Dying in America -- The Online Course" is available at The resource serves as a short course on death and dying and covers a variety of topics related to the subject. The practical advice, resources, and personal stories in 'Finding Our Way' can teach how to approach these most significant life events with the same kind of planning and emotional preparedness people strive for in the rest of their lives.

This free, web-based course is part of the Finding Our Way national public education initiative focused on bringing practical information on end-of-life issues to the American public.  The course is completely self-paced and all course materials are included on the web.  This online course grew out of a 15-part national newspaper series distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune that appeared in more than 160 newspapers and reached millions last year.


In response to our previous conference entitled "Taking Charge:  Planning for End of Life Care," here is a list of websites regarding Values History forms:

University of New Mexico

Hospice Federation of Massachusetts


Here are nine questions to help your family know how you feel about your goals for your medical treatment. Use this as a starting point for advance care planning.

  1. How do you feel about your current health?
  2. How important are independence and self-sufficiency in your life?
  3. How do you imagine handling illness, disability, dying and death?
  4. How might your personal relationships affect medical decision- making, especially near the end of life?
  5. What role should doctors and other health professionals play in such decisions?
  6. What kind of living environment would be acceptable to you if you became seriously ill or disabled? Would you want to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility? Receive in-home care?
  7. How much should the cost to your family be a part of the decision-making process?  
  8. What role do religious or spiritual beliefs play in decisions about your health care?  What are your thoughts about living life’s final stages? What are your hopes and fears? 
  9. What are your thoughts about living life’s final stages? What are your hopes and fears?


Information provided by The San Diego County Coalition for Improving End-of-Life Care*

A Campaign for Forgiveness Research

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

American Association of College of Nurses

American Geriatrics Society

Approaching Death: Improving Care @ the End of Life

Before I Die


CAHSAH - California Association for Health Care Services at Home

California Coalition for Compassionate Care (CCCC)

California Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Dale Larsen's Web Site

Death in America Project

Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC)

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)

Ethics Center

Family Caregivers Alliance

FRIA: Friends & Relatives of Institutionalized Aged

Funeral Resources

Growth House, Inc. Search Engine

Hard Choices for Loving People

Hospice Cares

Hospice Hands Webring

Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Net

Innovations in End-of-Life Care

Ira Byock's Web Site

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

Last Acts website and bookstore for End of Life

Mesothelioma Guide

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

National Palliative Care Research Center

On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying

Partnership for Caring: America's Voices for the Dying

Peaceful Transitions

Spiritual Care Program Website

Southern Caregiver Resource Center

The Forgiveness Web

Yahoo's Hospice Links


new  California 2016 new POLST
new Key Facts about Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) for Residents and Family Members

new California Advance Health Care Directive form


Do Not Resuscitate: What Young Doctors Would Choose. The New York Times, Span, P. (May 20, 2014).

An Online Generation Redefines Mourning, The New York Times, Seligson, H., (March 21, 2014).


Bereaved Children and Teens: A Support Guide for Parents. Dr. Earl A Grollman. Beacon Press.

Concerning Death: A Practical Guide for the Living. Dr. Earl A Grollman. Beacon Press.

Coping with Death and Dying. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Macmillan Company.

Explaining Death to Children. Dr. Earl A. Grollman. Beacon Press.

The Funeral: Vestige or Value? Paul E. Irion. Abingden Press.

Good Grief. Granger E. Westberg. Fortress Press.

Grief and the Meaning of the Funeral. Otto Margolis, et al. MSS Information Corporation.

Healing the Pain of Everyday Loss. Ira J. Tanner. Winston Press.

Helping Children Cope with Grief. Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Accelerated Development.

Living When a Loved One has Died. Dr. Earl A Grollman. Beacon Press.

On Death and Dying. Elisabeth Kubler Ross. Macmillan Company.

Psychology of Death. Robert Kastenbaum. Macmillan Company.

Talking About Death: A Dialogue Between Parent & Child. Dr. Earl A Grollman. Beacon Press.

What Helped Me When My Loved One Died. Edited by Dr. Earl A Grollman. Beacon Press.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People. Harold Kushner. Avon Books.

Understanding Grief: Helping Yourself Heal. Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Accelerated Development.

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