Aging with Dignity offers the 5 Wishes document that is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life. AWD is a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age and to promote better care for those near the end of life. The life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation of Aging with Dignity. http://www.agingwithdignity.org (5 Wishes)
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. http://www.caringinfo.org
Compassion and Choices: Colorado has become the sixth state to allow terminally ill adults with six months or fewer to live and suffering unbearable the option to request, obtain and if they so choose, self-administer a prescription medicine to bring about a peaceful death. Compassion and Choices, the nationally based organization that works to implement this option in select states, is launching the Colorado Access Campaign to ensure that dying people who are suffering have access to the law. To learn more, visit Compassion and Choices and select Colorado Access for current information.
Docubank offers services for Immediate Access to your Healthcare Directives & Emergency Medical Information. http://www.docubank.com
The Green Burial Council is an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas.
Guideline Publications produces quality booklets that are used in Funeral Home, Hospices, Churches and schools to educate and counsel individuals about the death process. http://www.guidelinepub.com
Home Funeral Alliance, www.homefuneralalliance.org, provides information on performing family-directed home funerals.
Natural Transitions, www.naturaltransitions.org, located in Boulder, supports family directed home funeral; disposition options and promotes dialogue around end of life issues.
Neptune Society is the largest provider of affordable cremation services in the nation. Thanks to the loyal support of generations of families, they have 45 locations nationwide, with continued expansion ahead. The nearest Colorado office is in Arvada. Call 800-NEPTUNE (800-637-8863) http://www.neptunesociety.com
Orphan Wisdom, www.orphanwisdom.com, Stephen Jenkinson’s website dedicated to educational and philosophical exploration of the process of dying.
Order of the Good Death, www.orderofthegooddeath.com, established by Caitlin Doughty (Ask A Mortician blog) addresses all manner of end-of-life issues
The Spiritual Care Programme provides online and in-person trainings for family caregivers and professionals for contemplative end-of-life care practices for compassionate, present caring for those who are dying. The program focuses on caring without burnout and provides tools and resources to enhance compassion from a contemplative perspective.
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The Crestone End of Life Project is our community group based in Crestone, Colorado.
Poetry & Photography
Read poetry about the sacredness of transition from life into death. To share in reflection, remembering or as part of a farewell or memorial ceremony.