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Palliative & Hospice Nursing : How to start the conversation of Hospice OR Palliative Care

Experiences by Nurses

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a collection of essays, articles, and documents related to controversial issues. This collection has resources surrounding the issues of death and dying.  Items included are (but not limited to): academic journals, videos, audio, new, and references.

Terms to search: palliative (and it's different components): death & dying: hospice; assisted suicide, right to die, etc.

Not included but of interested since it has passed in 2016: California's "End of Life Option Act"

How to start the conversation

The Conversation Project:  It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones.  This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.  

PREPARE:  A program to help you make medical decisions for yourself and others.

State Advance Directive forms (via

National Healthcare Decision Day  to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning. (registration or log in may be required)

Eldercare Locator:  a public service of the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a nationwide service that connects older Americans and their caregivers with information on senior services.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has advance directive forms available online. These forms are designed to be completed without the assistance of an attorney. Given your particular circumstances or concerns, however, you may want to seek legal advice from an attorney. The forms available are:

Declaration to Physicians (Wisconsin Living Will)
Power of Attorney for Health Care
Power of Attorney for Finance and Property
Authorization for Final Disposition