- Nearing the End of Life
- Your emotions as you near the end of life
- The importance of communication
- Making end-of-life decisions
- Advance directives
- Health care coverage
- Money and income
- Choosing home care
- Choosing hospice care
- Physical symptoms in the last 2 to 3 months of life
- When death is near
- Facing death
- To learn more
Babcock EN. When Life Becomes Precious: A Guide for Loved Ones and Friends of Cancer Patients. New York: New York, Bantam Books. 1997.
Breault JL. DNR, DNAR, or AND? Is Language Important? Ochsner J. 2011;11(4):302-306.
Coyle N and Ferrell BR. Textbook of Palliative Nursing. New York: New York, Oxford University Press. 2001.
Ferrell B. Pain Management at the End of Life. Medscape. Nov 04, 2010. Accessed at www.medscape.com/viewarticle/731405 on January 13, 2014.
Foley KM, Back A, Bruera E, et al. When the Focus is on Care: Palliative Care and Cancer. Atlanta, Georgia: American Cancer Society. 2005.
Glass AP, Nahapetyan L. Discussions by elders and adult children about end-of-life preparation and preferences. Prev Chronic Dis. 2008;5(1):A08.
Hospice Directory. Hospice Myths and Realities. Accessed at www.hospicedirectory.org/cm/about/choosing/myths_facts on January 13, 2013.
Hwang JP, Smith ML, Flamm AL. Challenges in outpatient end-of-life care: wishes to avoid resuscitation. J Clin Oncol. 2004; 22:4643-4645.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology. Palliative Care – Version 2.2013. Accessed at nccn.org on January 13, 2014.
Ryan PY. Approaching death: a phenomenological study of five older adults with advanced cancer. Oncology Nursing Forum. 2005;32:1101-1108.
Seamn-Wrede L. Symptom Management Algorithms: A Handbook for Palliative Care. China: Intellicard, Inc. 1999.
VistaCare. Understanding Hospice. Accessed at www.vistacare.com/hospice/default.asp on May 8, 2013. Content no longer available.
Last Medical Review: 01/14/2014
Last Revised: 02/06/2014