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Reading List on End-of-Life Decision Making

American Bar Association, Toolkit for Lawyers (10 guides for lawyers and others to use when counseling clients about various aspects of the AHCD)

Byock, Ira. Dying Well: The Prospect for Growth at the End of Life. Riverhead Books, 1997.

Callanan, Maggie and Kelley, Patricia. Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying. Bantam Books, 1997.

Colby, William H. Long Goodbye: The Deaths of Nancy Cruzan. Hay House, 2002.

Healthcare and Personal Decisionmaking. In: California Elder Law Resources, Benefits, and Planning. Continuing Education for the Bar, 2003.

Jennings, Bruce, Kaebnick, Gregory, and Murphy, Thomas (eds.). Improving End of Life Care: Why Has It Been So Difficult? A Hastings Center Special Report, 2005. Available at

Kaufman, Sharon. . . . And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. Scribner, 2005.

Krohm, Carol and Summers, Scott. Advance Healthcare Directives: A Handbook for Professionals. American Bar Association, 2002.

Lynn, Joanne. Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. George Washington University Press, 1999.

Morris, Virginia. Talking About Death Won't Kill You. Workman Publishing, 2001.

Nuland, Sherwin B. How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter. Vintage, 1995.

Tobin, Daniel R. Peaceful Dying: The Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Your Dignity, Your Choice, and Your Inner Peace at the End of Life. Perseus Books, 1999.

August 25, 2015

Center News

  • Hackworth Applications Open to SCU Juniors

    May 23 deadline for applications

    The goal of the Hackworth Fellows program is for Fellows to promote ethical reflection and reflective ethical action among their undergraduate peers

  • Ethics Center Receives Record Donations

    "All In for SCU" Challenge Totals $34,510

    Thanks to our generous donors on SCU's Day of Giving. Donations help support our programs and promote ethical decision making in all aspects of life.