Advance Care Planning

Advance Medical Directive Samples – Virginia State Bar

Virginia State Bar – Information on Advance Directives 

Aging With Dignity – Five Wishes – helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It deals with all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual.

Better Ending – a web site that helps you plan in advance for serious illness and assure your final wishes.

Commonwealth of Virginia Advance Health Care Registry
Use this secure tool to store important documents that protect your legal rights and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are incapacitated and unable to manage your own care.

The Conversation Project – dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.

Durable DNR Forms and Information

Disease Specific

Alzheimer’s Association (Greater Richmond Chapter)

American Heart Association

American Diabetes Association

American Lung Association

American Stroke Association

American Liver Foundation

Diabetes Resources


American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society – Cancer Survivors Network

ACS-Coc Collaborative Action Plan Guide (pdf)


National Cancer Institute

Bon Secours Oncology Navigator Program – As part of the cancer care program, Bon Secours Oncology Nurse Navigators are available to ensure that patients with a diagnosis of cancer receive the care and have access to the resources they need in a timely and efficient manner.

St. Mary’s Hospital: (804) 287-7563 or (804) 281-8314

St. Francis Medical Center: (804) 594-4950

Memorial Regional Medical Center or Richmond Community Hospital: (804) 764-7506

Palliative Medicine

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Center to Advance Palliative Care

Get Palliative Care

Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care

Palliative Doctors – Compassionate care at any stage of an illness

Palliative Care: Materials and Outreach for Patients, Families and Providers – National Institute of Nursing Research


Caring Connections - provides people with information and support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss.


Meals on Wheels – Delivers low cost meals for eligible clients

Medline Plus – Health Information from the National Library of Medicine

Senior Connections – Resources for Seniors and their Caregivers in Virginia

211 Virginia – United Way – Connects You to Resources

On Our Own Terms – Moyers on dying – Learn about solutions for finding a better death and explore the options for humane care for the dying.

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Clinical Practice Guidelines
Management of Cancer Pain

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Medicare Hospice Benefits 

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) – Patient/Family Teaching Sheets

Final Days 

Additional Teaching Sheets available to HPNA members here.

Medline Plus – Patient Handouts

Palliative Care: Fear and Anxiety 

Palliative Care: Shortness of Breath 

Hospice Care 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
Pain Control – Support for People with Cancer 


Palliative Care in Cancer 


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
General Information in Spanish (with English translation)

Caring Connections – Spanish/English Bilingual Resources 
Advance Directives: My Wishes for Medical Attention 
Hospice and Palliative Care 
How to Support Someone Caring for Another 
Phases at the End of Life 
Grief and Loss

Palliative Care: Materials and Outreach for Patients, Families and Providers – National Institute of Nursing Research

Books/Pamphlets available in English and Spanish

Barbara Karnes Books, Inc., P.O. Box 822139, Vancouver, WA 98682; Phone 360-828-7132, Fax 360-828-7142 
i. Gone From My Sight 
ii. My Friend, I Care 
iii. A Time to Live 
iv. The Eleventh Hour

Hard Choices for Loving People by Hank Dunn 
A Publishers, Inc. 43608 Habitat Circle, Lansdowne, VA 20176-8254, Phone 571-333-0169; Fax 571- 333-0167