End-of-Life Choice, Palliative Care and Counseling

End-of-Life Consultation

Sue Porter
Sue Porter, Volunteer and Board Member

Our End-of-Life Consultation (EOLC) program provides free, confidential, professional support anywhere in the country.

We’ll listen to your unique situation and answer your questions whether you want to improve the quality of life you have left, achieve a peaceful death or simply plan ahead.

We have expert staff and volunteers ready to serve you. We help with advance directives, local referrals, information and support on end-of-life care and decision making.

Death and dying can be difficult subjects, but not for us. We are very comfortable having the conversation.

Call an End of Life Consultant 800-247-7421


From our clients….

… Just knowing you are there and cared enough to respond with such kind and loving words gave me the courage and strength to handle another day. I take great comfort in knowing I have a true and caring friend I can call, and you will be there for me both on the good as well as the hard days. …

… Thank you seems totally incorrect as a way of telling you how much you have done for me. Just knowing you are only a phone call away to answer my questions and concerns, all the time and energy you spent checking with doctors and pharmacists, the weekly calls to check up on me, all this has given me a lot of peace and calm …

… I want to thank you for the wonderful support you gave me when my despair was the greatest, when I knew I had stage 2 sarcoma in my thigh and was certain that the cancer had metastasized to my chest. Well, I was completely wrong, and the sarcoma was successfully removed. I just want to tell you that you kept me from doing something so dreadful that it is very hard to say how grateful I am for your organization and people like you. …


Common End-of-Life Questions:

 

Q: What should I expect when I talk to a consultant?

Our 800 number connects you with a confidential voicemail system, and we check messages at least twice daily. A trained professional consultant will then call back to answer all your questions, find out more about you and allow you to talk openly.

 

Q: How do I discuss my end-of-life wishes with my doctor or family members?

Plainly, simply and honestly. Speaking with one of our end-of-life consultants often helps people clarify their goals so they can more easily communicate them to others.

 

Q: Where can I find information about advance directives?

You can find information and advance directive forms for every state on our advance planning information page. If you have difficulty completing them, one of our end-of-life consultant will gladly assist you.

 

Q: If I live in a state with no law protecting aid in dying, should I move to a state that does?

No; there are many options available to people across the nation, which an end-of-life consultant can explain to you. Compassion & Choices wants everyone with a terminal illness to have a peaceful death no matter which state they live in.

 

Talk to Us

Contact us with any other End-of-Life Consultation questions. E-mail us

 

Advance Directive by State

Select your state from the list below and you will be directed to the best resources available to help you with your healthcare planning needs.

EOLC offers assistance in all aspects of end-of-life planning:

  • completing advance directives
  • navigating the healthcare system
  • contacting hospice or palliative care providers, pain specialists, social services agencies, support groups and other local resources
  • educating friends and family members on how to advocate for their loved ones
  • education to help clients receive effective pain and symptom management
  • advocating for residents of long-term care facilities or other healthcare institutions
  • providing information about aid in dying if suffering becomes unbearable for terminally ill, mentally capable adults
  • consultation regarding other considerations for obtaining a peaceful death such as voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED), refusing unwanted medical treatment, or discontinuing life sustaining treatment under the care of a physician.
  • offering healthcare professionals information about compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care