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End of Life Options

Patients seeking treatment for chronic and irreversible illnesses face many advanced, life-prolonging technologies and options these days.
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Compassion & Choices
Profile of the right-to-die organization Compassion and Choices.

The Final Exit Network
A profile of the right-to-die organization The Final Exit Network.

10 Unique Ways to Handle Cremated Remains
10 unique -- and sometimes unusual -- methods of handling cremated remains for anyone seeking something different versus scattering.

What is Direct Cremation?
An explanation of the direct cremation process to help you determine if it is right for you or someone you love.

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
What is artificial nutrition and hydration and is it right for you or your loved one?

Make a Wish...or Five
What is Five Wishes and how can it help you?

Advance Directives
Plan ahead using an Advance Directive. What is it and how can you get one?

Introduction to Difficult Decisions
Throughout most of our lives, medical decisions are quite easy. As one gets older, however, these decisions become more difficult.

California's Terminal Patients’ Right to Know End-of-Life Options Act
California's AB 2747, the Terminal Patients' Right to Know End-of-Life Options Act

6 Questions for Your Doctor about Treatment Options
Six questions for your doctor about treatment options for your illness.

Your Right to Know about Treatment Options
The right to know treatment options at the end of life and make your own decisions.

What is a POLST and Do I Need One?
A POLST paradigm (sometimes referred to as a MOLST) is a Physician's Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. Do you need one?

Traveling with Oxygen
Tips for traveling with oxygen by car, bus, airplane, or cruise line.

10 Travel Tips for Patients
Travel tips for palliative care and hospice patients with a serious illness, including air travel.

What Would You Do If You Had One Year to Live?
What would you do if you had a year to live? Readers share their own unique bucket lists.See submissions

Advance Health Care Planning
Four steps to advance health care planning.

Should I Request an Autopsy?
Reasons you might want to request an autopsy of your deceased loved one.

Go Wish Card Game
A card game from the Coda Alliance makes talking about end of life wishes easy and maybe even fun.

What is Alkaline Hydrolysis?
A description of the process and benefits offered by alkaline hydrolysis.

What is a Green Burial?
While definitions of "green" vary, interest in eco-friendly ground burial is steadily growing.

Dying Well
Dr. Ira Byock, long time palliative care physician and advocate for improved end-of-life care, and a past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, provides written resources and referrals to organizations, web sites and books to empower persons with life threatening illness and their families to live fully.

Finding Our Way
The practical advice, resources, and personal stories in Finding Our Way can teach how to approach death and dying with the same kind of planning and emotional preparedness we strive for in the rest of our lives. We are finding better ways to live with dying in America.

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