National & State End-of-life Planning Resources
Laws and regulations may vary by state. In addition to the My Life & Wishes Planning Center, there are other helpful end-of-life planning resources available to you on the web. Here are a few that we recommend.
Advanced Directives by State
- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers free, state specific advance directives and advice for communicating wishes to family and close friends.
- POLST (Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment)
Funerals and Cremation
- State-by state funeral and cremation laws
- The Funeral Consumers Alliance is dedicated to helping consumers understand their legal rights and options in funeral planning.
- Green Burial Council
- Administration on Aging
- Eldercare Locator
- National Council on Aging
- Social Security
- Veterans Administration
- American Bar Association
- Elder Law Answers
- National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)
Talking About End-of-Life Care planning
- The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. They are focused on generating conversations about healthcare wishes with family members and ensuring individuals have thought through what they want at the end of life.
- Death Café, an international model begun in 2011, focuses a discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes with typically strangers who come together for this topic.
- The U.S. Living Will Registry electronically stores advance directives and makes them available to health care providers 24 hours/day via secure Internet or telephone-facsimile. The Registry stores ALL types of advance directives…living wills, health care proxies, health care power of attorney, as well as organ donor information.
- The Vital Records Directory offers state specific links to where to get a copy of a death certificate.