Start The Conversation
In life we prepare for everything… college, marriage, children, and retirement. We have conversations about these milestones, but rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives. Get started now at www.starttheconversationVT.org.
The Vermont Ethics Network
promotes public dialogue about ethical issues and choices in Health Care. They have standardized forms that you can use for Advance Directives, documents also known as Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Terminal Care Documents. You may request a copy by calling (802) 828-2909, or download them yourself from www.vtethicsnetwork.org.
Creating End-Of-Life Documents for Transgender Individuals
A guide is available at www.lgbtagingcenter.org. This provides sample wording to ensure respect for the person’s gender identity.
The Vermont Funeral Consumers Alliance
This organization educates people about their options for final arrangements, and also serves as a resource for those who have complaints about a funeral service, funeral director, or funeral home. Their web site offers many helpful resources, including a price survey, affordable options, and suggestions.
The Center on Aging
The University of Hawaii has produced five wonderful downloadable booklets, their Complete Life series, that cover the spectrum of support knowledge needed for end-of-life care.
- Advance Care Planning: Making Choices Known
- Planning Ahead: Funeral and Memorial Services
- Preparing to Say Good-bye: Care for the Dying
- When Death Occurs – What to Do When a Loved One Dies
- Help for the Bereaved: Surviving and Adapting to Change
These booklets are available at www.hawaii.edu/aging/endoflife_hiohana.html.