Resources for End of Life Planning

  •  American Bar Association: The voluntary professional association of American lawyers.
  • Bay Area Funeral Society (BAFS): The Bay Area Funeral Society (BAFS) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to protecting the funeral consumer’s right to choose meaningful, dignified and affordable death care.
  • California Coalition for Compassionate Care: A statewide partnership of more than 95 regional and statewide organizations promoting high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care for all Californians.
  • Caring.com: Caring.com helps family caregivers make better decisions, save time and money, and feel less alone as they face end of life decisions.
  • Caring Connections: Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Caring Conversations: This workbook from the Center for Practical Bioethics helps you approach difficult conversations with loved ones on end-of-life planning.
  • Compassion and Choices: A nonprofit organization that provides support and counsel, local referrals, assistance with legal planning and advocacy through their Client Support Services (accessible online or by calling 800-247-7421).
  • ElderLawAnswers: An elder law information site with many resources, in-depth articles, elder law lawyer lists and state-by-state information.
  • Family Caregiver Alliance: A caregiver resource center for brain impaired adults, support groups, education, care planning, research and advocacy. End-of-Life Decision-Making is a helpful fact sheet that answers a number of common questions and links to other resources.
  • Five Wishes: From Aging with Dignity, an accessible workbook that helps you document your medical, personal, emotional and spiritual wishes. Five Wishes meets legal requirements under the advance directive statutes in all but 10 states.
  • Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA): Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, and its affiliate, the Funeral Education Foundation (FEF), is a local chapter of the FCA.
  • Medicare: Information about the federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older.
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys: A professional association that can help families find qualified lawyers.
  • Redwood Funeral Society: The Redwood Funeral Society is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified and fairly priced funeral serving the north Bay counties of Marin, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Mendocino and Lake.
  • Your Life, Your Choices: A comprehensive workbook designed to assist patients and family members with developing advance directives