Presentation Resources

Presentation Script from the Reunion 2016 Session

From the End of Life Washington organization

  • About Advanced Directives
    An advance directive, sometimes called a "living will," is a general term for oral or written instructions about future medical care if a person becomes incapable of stating his or her wishes.
  • Values Worksheet
    Questions you may want to consider as you make decisions and prepare documents concerning your health care preferences.
  • The Role of Hospice
    The goal of hospice is to improve quality of life in the patient’s last months, focusing on comfort care, control of pain, and symptom management, as opposed to continuing curative treatments.
  • Language Matters
    As society considers important social questions around terminal illness and death, language is important. Words matter.
  • Choosing a Health-Care Agent
    The health-care agent is someone you legally designate (via a document called a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care) to make your health-care decisions if you should lose the capacity to make them for yourself.
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
    Some of the most difficult questions are faced by people who have been diagnosed with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease that will result in the loss of capacity to make decisions about their medical and end-of-life care.

Additional Resources

Publications:

  • Gawande, Atul, Being Mortal
  • Chast, Roz, Can’t We Talk Abut Something More Pleasant?
  • Didion, Joan, The Year of Magical Thinking
  • Cousins, Norman, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient
  • Humphrey, Derek, Final Exit
  • Buchwald, Art, Too Soon to Say Goodbye
  • Buettner, Dan, Blue Zones:  Lessons for Living Long from the People Who Have Lived the Longest
  • End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Carea 68-page guide available from the National Institute on Aging

Audio-Visual:

  • How to Die in Oregon—a documentary exploring the state's Death with Dignity Act, which legalized physician aid-in-dying for some terminally ill patients; click here for viewing options
  • Not Here By Choice—a TEDx talk by Phyllis Shacter exploring more conscious ways of living and dying, including her husband's decision to voluntarily stop eating and drinking as a peaceful means to the end of his life

Websites:

Death with Dignity

  • End of Life Washington—documents regarding end of life, Advance Directive, Alzheimer’s Advance Directive, end of life counseling, etc.
  • Compassion & Choices—a nonprofit organization working to protect and expand end-of-life options—and to ensure healthcare providers honor and enable patients’ decisions about their careend of life counseling
  • End of Life Choices, New Yorka NY organization working to improve health and end of life care and expand end-of-life options, to ensure a humane and peaceful death with dignity
  • Final Exit Networkcounseling on end-of-life options for anyone in the U.S.
  • Death with Dignity—leader in working for Death with Dignity laws throughout  the U.S.