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End of Life

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End of Life Resources

Honoring Choices Massachusetts
Forms and instructions for medical and legal end-of-life decisions.


Consumer’s Tool Kit for Health Care Advance Planning
From the American Bar Association, Commission on Law and Aging, this kit helps you to think about all of the issues that go into creating an advance health directive.

Engage With Grace
Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project is a simple tool with five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, and with our loved ones, about our preferences.

Handbook for Mortals
Read an online copy of the Handbook for Mortals, which covers many end of life legal and health issues, such as pain management. From Americans for Better Care of the Dying.

Funeral Planning & Pre-Planning

Consumer Resource Guide for Funerals
This site address questions about funeral and cemetery arrangements, cremation, organ donation, preplanning, and prepayment. From the International Cemetery and Funeral Association.

Consumers Guide to Planning a Funeral
From the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Funeral Services.

Facts for Consumers
Information from the Mass. Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Services, including purchasing and prepaid funeral arrangements.

Funeral Arrangement Form
This is a printable form which might help you to outline your wishes for your funeral and internment. From the non-profit group, H.E.L.P.

Funerals: A Consumers Guide
Facts for consumers from the Federal Trade Commission.

Green Burial Massachusetts
Find out about environmentally friendly burial options.

Prepaid Funeral Contracts and Burial Plots
Includes a consumer checklist and information for Medicaid recipients. From the Connecticut Network for Legal Aid.

Tips on Writing a Eulogy
Steps for writing a eulogy and links to other websites with eulogy samples and tools, from InsuranceCompared.

Veterans Administration--Burial Benefits
If you are a veteran, this site will inform you on eligibility, how to make arrangements, and what you are entitled to free of costs. To find out about the Commonwealth of Massachusetts cemetery program for veterans, go to Veterans' Guide to Benefits.


Communicate with others about grief and loss through e-mail support groups. By clicking on ”e-mail support groups” and scrolling down you can pick a group to fit you own situation.

This site for and about widows and widowers gives information on grief, bereavement, and recovery. Has chat and e-mail forum.

Legacy Resources

Ethical Wills
Ethical wills are a way to share your values, blessings, life's lessons, hopes and dreams for the future, love, and forgiveness with your family, friends, and community. Ethical wills are usually shared with others while the writer is still alive.

Leave a Legacy
Leave a legacy in the lives that follow yours by remembering a favorite cause or charity in your will or estate plan.

Network for Good
Give to your favorite charity using this website.

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