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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.

Aug 25, 2015