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End of Life Care,Hospice and Palliative Care Programs


Training for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, and clergy, in end-of-life care.


Palliative Care & Hospice Care Training
General End of Life Care
The Terminally Ill & Their Pets
End of Life Documentaries

Palliative Care & Hospice Care Training Programs

Being with Dying

Palliative care training for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, hospice workers, and clergy, in end-of-life care.
Available Internationally.
Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness Program
A first of its kind medical school program in the United States dedicated to the study of ethical issues and decision making in critical illness.
University of Pittsburgh Department of Critical Care Medicine.
Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, USA.
Sacred Dying Foundation Sacred Vigil Dying Training Program
Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and religious congregations are trained in how to establish their own spiritual end of life care program by recruiting volunteer vigil leaders.
San Francisco, California, USA. Online Vigil Traning Available.

Palliative & End-of-life Training for Emergency Medicine Program
Emergency room doctors and staff learn how to communicate "bad news" to patients and families, and how to assess patients for psychological, spiritual, and social needs near the end of life.
Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Palliative & End-of-life Training for Caregivers Program
Palliative care training to improve communication between caregivers, health care providers and cancer patient's during end of life care treatment. Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
End-Of-Life Issues for Psychologists Training Program
End of life training for psychologists and others from a psychological perpective on end-of-life treatment and issues. Across the USA.

Living With Grief Alzheimer's Disease Program
Training in end of life care for those involved in the care of Alzheimer's and other dementia patients. Washington, DC, U.S.A. Program available online. Watch Video
Living With Grief Loss in Later Life Training Program
Hospice and palliative care training for professionals and others for dealing with loss and grief later in life. Washington, DC, U.S.A. Program available online.
Pain Management at
End of Life Training Program

Informational palliative care and hospice care training on pain control in those with a terminal condition, including pharmaceutical, psycho-social, spiritual, and complementary aspects of pain management. Washington, DC, U.S.A. Program available online.

Engaging Faith Communities End-Of-Life Training Program
Faith leaders and others learn how to support members of congregations facing an end-of-life medical crisis.
Program available online.
Annual Educational Spirituality and End-of-Life Care Program
An annual DVD Program that provides hopice care and palliative care training on the role that spirituality can play in end of life care.Washington, DC, U.S.A. Watch Video
Hospice Education Network Training

A comprehensive, innovative on-line program for hospice training and education. Program available online.

Palliative Care
Leadership Centers Program

Training and mentoring in palliative care for organizations that wish to start a palliative care program or for those wishing to improve an existing program. New York, NY, U.S.A. Watch Video
Hospice & Palliative Care Traveling Scholarship Program
Palliative care workers in developing countries get an opportunity to attend palliative care meetings, conferences, seminar, internship and other educational opportunities. International.
Medical School Palliative Care Education Project Program
To assist United States medical schools start or improve their palliative care curriculum for 3rd and 4th year medical students. Across the USA.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Project Program
National education initiative for nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, and specialty nurses including geriatric nurses.
Across the USA.
Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Clinician Education Program
Tools to assist clinicians such as doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to effectively communicate with palliative and end of life care issues. Across the USA.
Building Closure into Your Practice–End of Life Care for Physicians
Teaching physicians the communication skills, medical principles, and techniques needed to improve the care that they provide for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Training Caregivers in Long Term Care
Palliative Care Program

Training for caregivers and/or direct care staff on end of life care and other areas in nursing facilities. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
EndLink - Resource for End of Life Care Education Program
An educational resource for health care professionals who work with dying patients and their families.Across the USA.
Harvard Medical School Palliative Care Education and Practice Program
Palliative Care training for physicians and nurses and managers of palliative care institutions so that they can better understand and deal with end of life patient care and so that they can address the palliative care education shortage. Open to all Internationally.

Cultural & Spiritual Sensitivity for Health Care Professionals
Health care professionals become familiar with multi-cultural aspect, patient spirituality, religion, and health including end of life care.
New York, NY, USA.
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End of Life Care Resources Program

Teaching materials to assist health care professions become familiar with spirituality, religion, and health including end of life care.
Across the USA.
Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Association for Death Education and Counseling provides end of life educational and training opportunities through an annual conference, courses and workshops, its certification program, and, The Forum publication.
Open to all Internationally.

National Center
for Death Education

Training, education and professional development programs in the area of end of life and grief. Newton, Massachusetts, USA.
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
A professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative medicine.
Across the USA.
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Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) is a professional hospice and palliative nursing organization providing educational tools and resources to assist palliative nursing care teams including information on geriatric specific end of life care resources.
Across the USA.
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The Worldwide
Palliative Care

The Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance is an advocacy action network promoting hospice and palliative care development worldwide. The aim is to promote affordable, quality palliative care so that everyone has access to hospice and palliative care worldwide. International. Watch Video
San Diego Hospice & Institute for Palliative Medicine International
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine International Programs teaches and influences palliative care programs in more than 45 countries around the world. International. Watch Video

General End of Life Care

Physician Orders for
Life-Sustaining Treatment POLST

An end of life care instruction form printed on bright pink paper, and signed by both a doctor and patient that clearly says what kinds of medical treatment patients want toward the end of their lives. POLST aims to give seriously ill patients more control over their treatment. California, USA.
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U.S. Living Will

Registry that electronically stores advance directives, organ donor information and emergency contact information, making them available to health care providers across the country through an automated system. Across the USA.
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Five Wishes
Living Will

Living Will online or in booklet form that allows individuals to express their end of life care needs. Five Wishes is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Available Across the USA.
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Legal documents including Living Wills, Health Care Power of Attorney, Wills can be created by filling out online forms and the documents then mailed out for your records. LegalZoom provides a quick, easy way to complete and print legal documents.
Available Online.
Tool Kit for
Health Care Advance Planning Kit

American Bar Association Toolkit to help individuals ask the tough questions when planning for advance health care. The kit provides tools that assist individuals accurately communicate their wishes for advance health care.
American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging. Available Online.
Dream Foundation
Dream Granting

A make a wish type program making dreams come true for seniors and adults suffering life-limiting illness.
Across the United States.

Patient Education and Caring End-of-Life Series Program
End of life hospice training materials developed to help patients and families near the end of life. The Patient Educations and End-of-Life Series facilitates conversations between physicians, patients, and their families near the end of life. American College of Physicians. Across the USA.
Closure 101

Patient education on end-of-life issues such as important questions to ask your doctor, advance health care planning and more.
Open to All Available Online.
Closure Community End of LIfe Conversations Series Program
A six-part series of open discussions that starts the end of life conversation. The aim is to increase awareness and improve end-of-life care within a specific community.
Open to All Available Online.

Music for Healing & Transition

Serving the ill and dying with music therapy to facilitate and promote healing or assist in the life/death transition. The Music for Healing and Transition program aims to provide an additional source of healing and/or comfort to the ill and dying.
Hillsdale, New York, U.S.A.
End-of-Life Vigil

Providing a spiritual presence accompanying a person from life to death in the hopes of making the transition a peaceful one. The End-of-Life Vigil Program hopes to make the end-of-life transition an opportunity for reconciliation and acceptance for the dying and their loved ones. Based in San Francisco, California, USA.
Dreams for Seniors

Make a wish type program dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of elderly with a chronic or critical disease (or a younger person suffering from a life threatening disease.)
Pekin Illinois, USA.

Death Cafe

Death Cafe is a place for people to come together in a relaxed and safe setting to discuss their thoughts and feelings about death (a topic which is rarely discussed.)
United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and several other countries. Watch Video
Hospice Lottery

A fundraising initiative to provide free hospice care in the UK that sells lottery tickets to the general public for a chance to win cash prizes.
United Kingdom.
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Dying Matters

The Dying Matters Awareness Campaign is the work of a coalition to promote openness and communication surrounding the attitudes around death and dying.
United Kingdom.
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Compassion in Dying

Compassion in Dying is a national charity that supports people at the end of life to have what they consider to be a good death by providing information and support around their rights and choices. The charity provides access to end-of-life care information and support that is appropriate for each iindividual and their unique situation.
United Kingdom.

An end of life planning program which allows you to upload encrypted important estate and financial documents, such as an advance directive, power of attorney, organ donation and last wishes in one place and transfer the information to designated people upon passing. Available Online
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Dignity in Dying Campaign

A campaign aiming to legalize assisted dying with safeguards, for terminally ill, mentally competent adults. The Dignity in Dying Campaign believes that everyone has the right to a dignified death and that taking action to change end of life rights and law by legalizing assisted dying will give dying people greater choice and protection by introducing safeguards that check for abuse and coercion.
United Kingdom.
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Life Matters Media

Life Matters Media is a platform for sharing of end of life decision-making, information, resources, communication and experiences for those near the end of life, their caregivers and families. Based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Good Life, Good Death,
Good Grief

An alliance of organizations and individuals working to increase public awareness of ways of dealing with death, dying and bereavement and promoting community involvement in death, dying and bereavement. Scotland.
Dying With Dignity

Dying With Dignity is a member-based organization committed to helping people achieve quality in dying, understand their end of life choices, and to work for choice in dying for all Canadians. Canada.

Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices provides end of life legal assistance, planning, referrals and guidance, and advocates for end of life compassion, choice, death with dignity, and aid in dying, Across the USA.
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The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is a public awareness campaign and a guide for individuals to have the talk and to have their end of life care wishes expressed and respected. Across the USA.
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Death Over Dinner

A national campaign across the USA encouraging people to talk about death and have end of life discussions. USA.
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Everplans allows people to be guided in step-by-step end of life care planning and provides document storage on a secure server where important information can be found when loved ones will need access to them. Across the USA.
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eFuneral is a free, comprehensive funeral and cremation planning resource that provides comparisons of funeral homes in your area, along with free quotes, and reviews. Across the USA. Watch Video
Zen Hospice Project

An end of life care facility that is grounded in a contemplative tradition of mindfulness. All backgrounds and traditions regardless of religious affiliation, or sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, age, or national origin are welcome.San Francisco, California, USA. Watch Video

Begin the Conversation Advance Care Planning

Begin the Conversation is an advance care planning toolkit and workbook created to encourage the use of advance care directives and to give people the power to make end of life care decisions and choices. Available Online.
Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care
End of life care, planning and decision-making for Chinese Americans. The program encourages Chinese Americans to think and talk about the physical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of end of life issues so that they can be prepared. Across USA.
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COVID Conversations Toolbox

Provides tools and resources regarding end-of-life care wishes and treatment for those affected by COVID-19. The toolbox emphasizes the importance of preparing in advance with respect to an individual's values and wishes regarding end-of-life treatment options. California,USA.
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Cake End-of-Life Planning Tools

End-of-life planning tools and articles on wills, estate planning, power of attorney, advance directives and living wills grief support, counseling and more. The website provides an online portal to help support and guide families through the end-of-life process. Online. Watch Video

The Terminally Ill & Their Pets

Pet Pals of Texas Program

Program assists those with terminal illness or disability to take care of their pets by providing things such as walking dogs to vet visits and arranging pet adoptions if an owner is hospitalized or passes away. Texas, USA.
Peace of Mind
Dog Rescue

Finds new homes for dogs whose senior pet owners can no longer care for them due to illness, death, or other challenging circumstances. Pacific Grove, CA, USA.
Safe Place for Pets

Finds a new home for pets when a terminally ill owner can no longer can care for their pet. To ensure that pet owners are able to spend their last days peacefully and that pets find loving homes. 
Colorado Springs, CO, USA.

Pet Guardians

Finds permanent homes for pets that belong to terminally ill elderly patients or those who are entering a nursing facility.
Pet Guardians eliminate any stress and worry the patient may experience in having to give up their pet to a shelter for adoption or putting it to sleep.
Pennsylvania, USA.
Pet Peace of Mind Program

Program that takes care of the pets of hospice patients so that hospice care patients don't have to worry about their pet's current or future care
Banfield Charitable Trust. Available to Hospices across the USA.
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Pet Project

Assists those with terminal illness by helping take care of their pets. The Pet Project empowers those with life threatening illness to keep their pets. To preserve the benefits of the human-animal bond such as socialization, and improved emotional health.
Oakland Park, Florida, USA.

Cinnamon Trust

Helps the elderly and terminally ill to take care of their pets by walking dogs, temporarily fostering pets, running errands such as buying pet food etc. The trust also promises to take care of pets after an elderly person moves into a care home or after a terminally ill person passes away.
United Kingdom UK.

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Pets of Older Persons Program

Helps elderly who are terminally ill or admitted to hospital to take care of their pets. The program also helps socially isolated elderly or elderly who are unable to take care of their pets for other reasons. RSPCA
New South Wales. Australia.

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