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


Funerals and Cremation


Government Resources


Legal Resources


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.


Other Resources

  • 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.