Engaging Sources of End-of-Life Information

Exploring advance planning and other issues surrounding life’s end gets easier all the time with the growing abundance of books, films, websites and other tools that address these topics.

Whether you’re looking to fill the last lazy days of summer or like to hunker down over the winter with lots to read and watch, Compassion & Choices has compiled a fantastic list of end-of-life resources in every medium. Please let us know of any favorites we have missed! End-of-Life Planning and Grief Tools In addition to our own End-of-Life Decisions Guide and End-of-Life Consultation service, below are just a few of the abundant resources available that may be helpful as you plan for other aspects of end-of-life like finances and funerals. Please note, we have no affiliation with these sources — they are just interesting options we’ve come across.  
  • Cake — One of the largest end-of-life planning websites, it offers tools for estate planning, healthcare decision making, aging parents and coping with grief and loss. 
  • City of Hope, End of Life Symposium Webinar Series — A collaborative effort between Compassion & Choices and the City of Hope, the series centers on the humanities & arts, clinical aspects of end of life and medical aid in dying. 
  • RoundGlass, End of Life Collective — A free online community, with a curation of articles and videos, to help you through life’s most vulnerable times, 
  • Funeralwise — A comprehensive planning guide for these meaningful and too often hurried events.
  • Grief Kit — Here you can order a care package for someone experiencing a loss or responsible for caring for those in transition and their families. It is the project of funeral director and Compassion & Choices African American Leadership Council member, Joel Simone Anthony. 
  • Lantern — This valuable tool allows you to upload your documents so you and others have ready access to them, wherever you may be. Streamlined resources are free of charge, while a monthly unlocks more features. 
  • What's Your Grief An online community for connection, support and sharing resources for those grieving a loss.
Books A tough category to narrow down, as the number of topical offerings has increased dramatically as our mission becomes more visible, these are some of our go-to titles along with a few recommendations from others. We would be remiss to not start with Finish Strong: Putting Your Priorities First at Life's End by our own Barbara Coombs Lee, president emerita/senior advisor of Compassion & Choices, just in case you haven’t yet had the chance to read this outstanding and comprehensive guide. Other books include:   Documentaries/Films We are also fortunate that so many new films and documentaries address death and dying in ways that are compassionate and address our desire for an experience that aligns with our values and priorities. Here are several: