Useful websites on Advance Care Planning and End-of-life Care

(Updated 2-2-09) American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging. Many resources relating to elderly, including a Consumer's Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning that can be downloaded.

NHPCO's Advance Directives information page has a link to other states' advance directives forms, as well as links for brochures and a toll-free help line. is the home page. Center for Practical Bioethics offers Caring Conversations planning documents (Eng/Spanish). Ethical wills are a way to share your values, blessings, life's lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family. California Coalition for Compassionate Care is a statewide partnership of over 35 regional and statewide organizations dedicated to the advancement of palliative medicine and end-of-life care in California. The website has many resources on Advance Directives education. Growth House is an international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end-of-life issues. End-of-life / Palliative Education Resource Center assists physicians and other educators involved in all aspects of physician end of life (EOL) education You may submit your educational materials for peer review and potential inclusion on the site. This is the site has the Fast Facts series. Access information about effective quality improvement initiatives.

A timeline of the EOL care movement Check out this other point of view. This website, maintained by LifeTree, Inc, a pro-life Christian educational ministry, has a very interesting and thorough timeline history of the end-of-life care movement from 1964 to the end of 2004. [It takes four "Page Down" keystrokes to get to it] They tag with icons the two predominant wings of the movement: those that support physician-assisted suicide and those that do not. They do not note the demise of Last Acts, and due to the flux in the organizations cited, many URL links are non-functional.