Resource Guide

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.

The Horizon Foundation of Howard County: Leading Community Change: so everyone in Howard can live longer, better lives:

The Conversation Project: (A national initiative dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end of live care.)

Archdiocese of Baltimore website on end-of life guidance

Five Wishes: An alternative to the formal Advanced Directive

Book: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (2014) (N.Y.Times #1 Bestseller) and…..

Being Mortal Documentary:

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:

MyDirectives: Upload your Documents and make them accessible to not just medical providers, but hour health agent and family of your choice.  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.


Maryland Attorney General:

Making Medical Decisions For Someone Else:

Advance Directive Form for State of MD:


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


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