Preparing for the end of life can be a complicated time for both the dying and caregivers, but resources exist to make the transition easier:
Addiction Center: "4 Ways Grief Can Lead to Addiction"
AfterTalk: A therapeutic tool for grief therapists and their clients.
Aging with Dignity: Aging with Dignity is an organization that advocates for the needs of elderly Americans and their caregivers. The website provides an overview of the organization's publications and projects.
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC): A multi-disciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying.
Before I Die: The Before I Die website was the online companion guide to the 1997 PBS broadcast "Before I Die: Medical Care and Personal Choices." It uses a narrative format to treat complex end-of-life medical, ethical, and social issues.
Caring Connections: Caring Connections is an advocacy organization for end-of-life care. Their website provides information on advance directives, pending legislation, and a range of publications and services to foster communication on end-of-life decisions.
The Center for Loss and Life Transition: Comprehensive resources and support for grief educators and clinicians and their clients provided by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.
The Compassionate Friends: To assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
Dying Well: The Dying Well website, created by Dr. Ira Byock, past president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, contains a wide range of resources on death and life-threatening illness, plus articles by Dr. Byock and information on his books.
Grief Support Service: Tuck.com covers everything sleep-related, from the science behind it to tips for getting a better night’s rest, to how grief affects sleep. Contact Kellen Smith, Community Relations for Tuck Sleep, at ksmithA@tuck.com.
Managing Grief While in College: Your Guide to Navigating One of Life’s Toughest Assignments
Medicare Rights Center: General information resource center for the Medicare program.
The Mesothelioma Center: Mesothelioma is a terminal disease that usually affects people later in life, and many patients diagnosed with it require hospice care. This link is a resource to help anyone suffering from mesothelioma find free care and support.
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA): Is a national nonprofit trade association for companies that originate, service, and invest in reverse mortgages, a frequent financing option for end-of-life care. Also contains general information on estate planning.
Navigating Grief: A Guidebook for Grief Awareness & Understanding.
The Recovery Village: An organization dedicated to helping individuals struggling with substance abuse into recovery. Grief is one of the many co-occurring disorders we treat, and we feel that quality content is key in providing those struggling with addiction and their loved ones with educational information on how to get help.
RehabSpot.com: Family Addiction Resources
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: An extensive resource directory, information on palliative care, daily journal articles, guides to coping with grief and bereavement, news, electronic newsletter, and campaign updates.
Student Grief Guidebook: Coping with grief as a student.
VA Faculty Leaders Project for Improved Care at the End of Life: Information on the Department of Veterans Affairs program to develop curricula for healthcare professionals working in palliative and end-of-life care.
Please note this free guide to educational assistance programs for Veterans is an excellent source of information providing scholarships, academic programs, and federal aid opportunities that our servicemembers should know about in their endeavor to higher education.
The College Guide for Servicemembers and Veterans
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