Check out these local and national resources available when confronting difficult medical decisions in the face of illness and death.
Aging With Dignity
American Senior Housing Association
Begin the Conversation
Belmont Village Senior Living
Circle of Life Partners
UTHealth Consortium on Aging
Get Palliative Care
Hope and Healing Center
Institute for Spirituality & Health
Make Your Wishes Known
National Institute on Aging
Benvenuti, J. (2009). Don’t Give Up On Me! Supporting Aging Parents Successfully.
Brennan, M. (2015) The Heart of the Hereafter.
Broyard, A. (1993) Intoxicated by My Illness.
Bryant, H. (2016) I’ll Have It My Way: Taking Control of End-of-Life Decisions.
Butler, K. (2013). Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.
Chast, Roz. (2014) Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Frankl, V. (1964) Man's Search for Meaning.
Gawande, A. (2014) Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
Kalanithi, P. (2016). When Breath Becomes Air.
Lieberman, S. (2013) Death, Dying and Dessert: Reflections on Twenty Questions About Dying.
McCullough, D. M. (2009) My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing “Slow Medicine” -The Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones. Nuland, S. (1995) How We Die.
Ritvo, M. (2016) Four Reincarnations.
Walrath, D. (2016) Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass.
Wilber, K. (1991) Grace and Grit.
Zaner, D. (2004) Conversations on the Edge.
Questions to Consider
What goals and priorities are most important to you in making medical decisions?
If you are unable to speak for yourself, who will speak for you and do they know what you want?
How are your wishes documented?
What does a life lived well mean to you?