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Information on Living with a Serious Illness

There is a wealth of information available for people living with serious illness and for their caregivers and loved ones. The following are some Web resources you may wish to read.


The Center to Advance Palliative Care's patient website

Choosing Wisely

Read AAHPM’s “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question about Hospice and Palliative Medicine.”


Provides free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer.

Caring Connections

The National Hospice and Palliative Medicine Organization's patient website

Children's Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition

Dedicated to ensuring all children with life-threatening conditions have access to the care and emotional support they need to live life as fully as possible.

National Healthcare Decisions Day

An organization that exists to inspire, educate, and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day encourages patients to express their wishes regarding their healthcare and urges providers and facilities to respect those wishes.

Prepare for Your Care

This site helps people learn about and prepare for medical decision making. It includes written pamphlets as well as Toolkis.

Informational Materials

"Palliative Care: Support at Any Time During a Serious Illness"

With the help of physicians from AAHPM, the American Board of Internal Medicine has prepared this piece to help patients and families better understand how palliative care can support you at any time during your serious illness.

"Speak Up: What You Need to Know About Your Serious Illness and Palliative Care"

When you have a serious illness or health problem, you may need palliative care. Palliative care is special health care that can ease pain and other symptoms and side effects from your illness or treatment. It can help you and your family cope with your illness, as well as emotional, practical, and spiritual concerns.

"Advanced Cancer Care Planning: What Patients and Families Need to Know About Their Choices When Facing Serious Illness”

Produced by the American Society of Clinical Oncology

"End-of-Life: Helping with Comfort and Care"

The National Institute on Aging has produced a comprehensive 68-page booklet titled "End-of-Life: Helping With Comfort and Care." This free booklet was created to help people make sound health care decisions and get the care they would want for themselves or their family members. Obtain up to 10 free copies via web or call 800.222.2225.

End-of-Life Planning Is A 'Lifetime Gift' To Your Loved Ones

Listen to the national Public Radio podcast.

"How Can a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physician Help You in the Care of Your Patients?"

This brochure is designed to introduce the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine to other medical professionals. Offering a general look into the many functions and talents of hospice and palliative care specialists and case examples of scenarios appropriate for referral. Produced by AAHPM.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service has created

  • a webpage with information about the Medicare hospice benefit, including: who's eligible for hospice, what services are included, how to find a hospice, and where to get more information
  • an educational video: Medicare and You: Hospice