How-to Prepare for a Loved One’s End of Life

  • Prepare an Organ Donor Form
    This form provides legal proof that your loved one wishes to donate organs or tissue after their death.
  • Decide on Funeral Options
    Consider service option preferences.

We encourage you and your loved one to discuss their thoughts, concerns and choices with family, healthcare providers and other trusted advisors. Surviving loved ones should know that a plan exists and where important documents are stored. Please visit: for more information and expert resources on managing End of Life documents and tasks.

Respect Your Loved One’s Choices

Few things are more personal than how a person chooses to experience their End of Life. It’s important to remember that everyone deserves a peaceful, comfortable End of Life experience, even if those choices differ from our own.

Do your best to respect your loved one’s care preferences and their physical and emotional needs. If your loved one needs help choosing their best care option, offer to talk with their healthcare team or a social worker. You may ask for a referral to palliative or hospice care specialists. End of Life care options include the following:

  • Home care
    Your loved one may choose to pass away at home or in the home of a family member. You can assume or support the role of caregiver, hire home care services or engage hospice care services.
  • Inpatient care
    Your loved one may opt for 24-hour care at a nursing home, hospital or dedicated inpatient facility.
  • Hospice care
    Hospice provides services, support and resources for people at End of Life, typically with six months or less of expected life remaining. Hospice includes spiritual support and bereavement services for family.
  • Palliative care
    Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of any illness.
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