Advance Care Planning
Are You Prepared for Your Final Days? – CBS News
Being Mortal – Atul Gawande
Tools to Start the Conversation
Palliative Care & Hospice
Palliative Care, a Different Voice in Healthcare: Timothy Ihrig at TEDxDesMoinesalthcare
Live Your Best Life
What is the most important part of life? For many, it’s family. Hear from two families in hospice care who have words of wisdom on how to live your best life.
A Beautiful Death – Going Your Way
A video about an 86-year-old who said “no more hospitals, no more chemo.” He faced the end on his own terms.
Funeral Home Comparison Tool: Parting.com
Please note: For the most accurate, up-to-date results, call the local funeral home of your choice.
Whole Body Donation Programs
Organ and Tissue Donation
Medical ID Jewelry
Storage & Retrieval Section
Website Reference Links
Honoring Healthcare Choices Michigan
Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Health Systems: An information resource guide to end of life care
Futile Care and Advance Directives
MFDA: Talk of a Lifetime
U.S. Catholic – Spelling out your views for end-of-life care is a ‘spiritual’ act
Greater Grand Rapids End of Life Coalition
Gundersen Lutheran Respecting Choices
Honoring Choices Minnesota
Caring Connections – It’s about how you live
American Bar Association, Health Decisions Resources
Aging with Dignity- Five Wishes, My Wishes, Voicing My Choices
BBC IDEAS: Beta – Why we need to face our mortality
How should we face the end? My Father’s Wake author Kevin Toolis reflects on the Irish approach to death and dying.
Consider The Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject
Phillip Gould shares his thoughts and insights as he confronts his impending death from esophageal cancer (2011)
Advance Care Planning: Patients Describe their Experiences
Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan
ZDoggMD: “Ain’t no way to die.”
This is for those who think ACP is only for older people!
“A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” Thomas Lynch
New York Times- Pitfalls for Proxies
The importance of having an advance directive. Even more important, having a well informed patient advocate.
Aging in Iowa: Being prepared for the inevitable
When Syndy was trained to be a facilitator for the Honoring Your Wishes program, which encourages people to think about and record their wishes for their deaths, she and her husband realized they needed to have their own discussions about that difficult topic.
Honoring Choices Minnesota: Faith, Culture & Identity Perspectives.
An excellent collection of videos about “the conversation.” Honoring Choices Minnesota has nearly 700 videos addressing end-of-life decisions from practically every perspective.
NBC Nightly News airs segment about end-of-life planning
NBC medical reporter Nancy Snyderman, MD, recently shared her experiences as a caregiver for her aging parents: “It would be easy to assume that, as a doctor, I could navigate the health care system with ease. But I was as overwhelmed as the next person,” she recalled. On NBC Nightly News, Dr. Snyderman discussed with her parents the importance of living wills and putting their desires into writing.
Caregiver’s Corner Radio: Sanford Freed, CSA inteviews Carol Robinson DNP, RN, CHPN about Advance Care Planning. Listen to episode 44
NPR’s Talk of the Town – Nearly everyone has Advance Directives (and peace of mind) in LaCross, Wisconsin Click to listen
“Let’s Talk Turkey.” – WGVU, Shelley Irwin (2017). Believe it or not, Advance Care Planning (ACP) and the holidays go together. We discuss how to live and die well with Carol Robinson of Making Choices Michigan and Fred Stella of the Interfaith Dialogue Association. Click here to listen
Nicky Lewis, MSW and Advance Care Planning Coordinator at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, discusses the importance of “planning ahead”, with WGVU’s Shelley Irwin on April 8, 2016 Click to listen
“National Healthcare Decisions Day” – WGVU, Shelley Irwin (2018). National Healthcare Decisions Day is celebrated on April 17th and Making Choices Michigan is hosting Journalist Cathy Wurzer for a special presentation. We talk to Cathy and Dr. Carol Robinson, Community Coordinator for Making Choices Michigan.
Click to listen
How Doctors Die – Doctors Really Do Die Differently (PDF)
(A follow-up to the article above)
By Ken Murray MD – 2012
Living well with breast cancer by choosing wisely: A conversation with Amy Berman (PDF)
By Harold Pollack – December 15, 2014
Health Care For Seniors Often Goes Beyond Their Desires – Michelle Andrews, NPR – March 2016
- Byock, I. (1997). Dying well: The prospect of growth at the end-of-life. Putnam/Riverhead.
- Byock, I. (2004). The four things that matter most. Simon & Schuster/FreePress.
- Byock, I. (2012). The best care possible: A physician’s quest to transform care through the end of life. Avery Books.
Colleen Tallen, MD. Website Link
Tallen, C. (2011). Decide while you can: How to make your own medical decisions before someone makes them for you. BigBook Press.
Callanan, M. & Kelley, P. (2012). Final gifts: Understanding the special awareness, needs, and communications of the dying. Simon & Schuster.