SPEAK(easy)Howard County: The Howard County initiative that encourages residents to have a conversation about end-of-life care wishes and to name a health care agent who can communicate these wishes. The Horizon Foundation is leading the campaign along with many community partners. www.SPEAKEASYHOWARD.org
The Horizon Foundation of Howard County: Leading Community Change: so everyone in Howard can live longer, better lives: www.thehorizonfoundation.org
The Conversation Project: (A national initiative dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of live care.) www.theconversationproject.org
Archdiocese of Baltimore website on end-of life guidance https://www.archbalt.org/respect-life-2/end-of-life-care/
Five Wishes: An alternative to the formal Advanced Directive https://www.agingwithdignity.org/
Book: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (2014) (N.Y.Times #1 Bestseller) and…..
Being Mortal Documentary: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/being-mortal/
Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (2016) (N.Y. Times Best Selling Memoir) A young neurosurgeon, facing end-of-life decisions, searches for the meaning and purpose of life.
“Extremis” A 25 minute Academy Award nominated documentary about end-of-life challenges in a hospital Intensive Care Unit. Full version available only on Netflix. A short trailer available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?y=TJiY8duVgz0
MyDirectives: Upload your Documents and make them accessible to not just medical providers, but hour health agent and family of your choice. https://mydirectives.com/ There is also a mobile app available.
The Bishops of Maryland have revised and reissued their seminal 2007 pastoral letter, Comfort and Consolation – Care of the Sick and Dying, to help parishioners begin conversations with loved ones on end-of-life issues and to re-focus attention on foundational principles of the Church’s approach to the care of the sick and dying. https://www.mdcatholic.org/comfort
Maryland Attorney General:
Making Medical Decisions For Someone Else:
Advance Directive Form for State of MD: http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/HealthPolicy/advancedirectives.aspx
Maryland MOLST is a portable and enduring medical order form covering options for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other life-sustaining treatments. The medical orders are based on a patient’s wishes about medical treatments.
Catholic Declaration for Health Care Decision Making (An accompaniment to the MOLST) – Form can be found at the end of the legal supplement to Comfort and Consolation
Resurrection Booklet for Funeral Planning