There are many great organizations and books working to promote and encourage open dialogue about end-of-life planning, planning for death, and grief and loss. These websites and books may help you start a dialogue with your family and friends and help you discover what matters most to you. 



Administration on Aging

Alzheimer’s Association

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

American Association of Suicidology

American Cancer Society

American Childhood Cancer Organization

American Heart Association

American Hospice Foundation

American Red Cross

American Society on Aging

American Widow Project

A Place for Mom

Association for Death Education and Counseling

Caring Connections

Centering Corporation

Conversation Project

Eldercare Locator

Get Palliative

Home Instead Senior Care

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Net

In Care of Dad

National Alliance for Caregiving

National Cremation Society

National Funeral Directors Association

National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Military Family Association

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Kidney Foundation

National Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Stroke Association

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation

Soaring Spirits Foundation

Widow Net

Widow’s Voice


Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Final Gifts by Maggie Callanan

Dying Well by Ira Byock, MD

The Four Things That Matter Most by Ira Byock, MD

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Living Fully, Dying Well by Edward W. Bastian and Tina L. Staley

A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis