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End-of-Life Planning

Recommended Resources Online

Burial and Cremation
Funeral Consumers Alliance
33 Patchen Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
Link to Web Site

American Bar Association
321 N Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Lawyer Locator

Body Donation
Search online using the terms "willed body" or "body donation" and your state to find a medical school near you that accepts body donations. Be sure to have another plan in case this does not work out.

Organ or Tissue Donation
Search online using the terms "organ donation" or "tissue donation" and your state to find an organization that can provide information and forms for you to complete.

Recommended Books

Surviving Death: A Practical Guide to Caring for the Dying & Bereaved
By Charles Meyer

Can you survive the death of a loved one? In the midst of loss, it seems not. However, Charles Meyer provides a guide out of the wilderness. He begins with how to be present with someone who is dying, moves on to the hard work of grieving, and then shows you the light at the end of the tunnel.

Meyer’s combination of spiritual and practical approach is a valuable guide for those navigating this uncertain territory. He gives practical information in straightforward manner without any sugar-coating. Yet his caring for the dying and their survivors comes through on every page.

1991 edition
Twenty-third Publications/Bayard
Mystic, Connecticut
ISBN 0-89622-486-4

Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond: A Practical Primer to Help You and Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally, and Emotionally for the End of Life

The title says it all about this guide written by New York Times health columnist Jane Brody. Her advice on dealing with the medical establishment is particularly pointed.

Brody illustrates her advice with stories, both positive and negative, to bring home the importance of planning for the end of life. Cartoons contributed by Brody's newspaper colleagues add levity to an otherwise "grave" subject.

Random House, New York
ISBN 978-1-4000-6654-4


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