General End-of-Life Information

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End-of-Life Issues

Death is a subject most people don’t want to discuss and yet death is an inevitable part of life. Use this Web Guide to help prepare for your death or the death of someone you love. The resources here can help you manage your finances or estate in advance, and access funeral and bereavement resources.

General End-of-Life Information

While many Web sites focus on specific areas of death and dying, these Web sites cover most elements in the death and bereavement process. Look to these for information on the process of death, hospitalization, writing a will, planning a funeral, grieving and more.

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  • WebMD provides a glossary of end-of-life terms that you may encounter when doing research.
  • The Next Of Kin Registry (NOKR) is a free emergency contact system that allows you to track your loved ones in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. Register with the site to store your emergency contacts, next of kin and important medical information.

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Advance Directives: Planning for the Future

The Web has many resources to help you create advance directives. Sometimes called advance health care or medical directives, advance directives often include a legal statement called a living will. The findingDulcinea Advance Directives Web Guide introduces the differences among the directives, where to find the right forms for your state, and how to talk to your family about these difficult topics.

Estate Planning: Wills, Trusts, Guardians, Insurance and Taxes

If someone you love is dying, these resources can help you take care of him or her with both emotional and physical support. You’ll get advice on how to communicate and relate with the dying, and find resources for hospital care or hospice. There’s also information on how to make your loved one as physically comfortable as possible during treatment or care.

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Planning a Funeral

This section of the guide helps you plan a funeral, whether your own or someone else’s. Get resources for the service itself, including how to find a funeral home and arrange a memorial service, and learn what to expect financially. Also find resources for veterans that help ensure service members are buried with appropriate distinction.

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  • If you have a religious affiliation, try your place of worship as a source of information. You may be able to get hands-on help for funeral and bereavement services, as well as care for the dying.

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Preparing for the Death of a Child

For many, the death of a child is unimaginable. But for parents who have to face this tragedy, there are some ways to make it easier for all members of the family. The resources below give advice on how to communicate love and support for a dying child and provide opportunities for outreach with other parents who have faced a similar loss.

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  • Use the forums and blogs recommended in the “Grief Resources” section of this guide as a way to connect with others. Forums and blogs are helpful because you can communicate anonymously at any time of day or night, and be completely open and honest about your grief.
  • The terminal illness of a child affects everyone in the family. If you have other children they may need special attention and care through this difficult time. Take a look at the findingDulcinea Counseling and Therapy Web Guide for information on the different types of therapy available.

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Grief Resources

Use the Web sites recommended here to overcome the grief and trauma of losing a loved one. You’ll find resources especially for adults, parents and children that offer opportunities for support and outreach. Connecting with others is one of the most essential aspects of healing.

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  • Use your grief to create a blog of your own; self-expression is one of the most effective ways to overcome pain. Keep a daily log of your emotions and thoughts, and create a dialog with your readers. The findingDulcinea Blogs Web Guide can get you started.

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