Grief Dialogues Endorsers
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, author of the groundbreaking book, “On Death and Dying” published 24 books during her lifetime, and has been translated into 34 languages. In her expansive body of work, she discussed care and support for the seriously ill, their families, the grieving and all who struggle with the effects of loss.
The Foundation participates in initiatives and collaborates with individuals and/or organizations that:
- Enhance compassionate care for the seriously ill and/or the dying
- Further the acceptance of death as a part of life (versus those that see death as a separate event apart from life)
- Enhance end-of-life care for special populations (such as those involved in hospice or palliative care for children, within the prison environment, or those living in remote populations or in developing countries, etc.
- Improve access to properly prescribed pain management medications as part of the end of life process
- Enhance communication surrounding all aspects of end of life care and compassionate care of the dying (and those that love them)
- Foster awareness of the power of love and forgiveness as an important component of one’s life journey
- Enhance compassion and understanding of those who are grieving regardless of cause or origin
- Further the wishes of the end of life patient while respecting his or her right to humane treatment and compassionate care
Grief Dialogues recommends: Podcast with Ken Ross
Death with Dignity
Death with Dignity is an end-of-life option that allows certain terminally ill people to voluntarily and legally request and receive a prescription medication from their physician to hasten their death in a peaceful, humane, and dignified manner.
Death with dignity is governed by state legislation. As of April 2019, physician-assisted dying statutes are in effect in five states and the nation’s capital:
- Oregon since 1997 (the law had been passed in 1994)
- Washington since 2009 (2008)
- Vermont since 2013
- California since 2016 (2015)
- Colorado since 2016
- District of Columbia since 2017 (2016)
- Hawaii since 2019 (2018)
- New Jersey since 2019
In Montana, physician-assisted death is legal (since 2009) by the state Supreme Court ruling.
For more information, visit www.DeathwithDignity.org,
or find them on Twitter @DeathwDignity and Facebook /DeathwithDignity.
The Portland Institute for Loss and Transition (PI) functions as a “university without walls” for the global training of health and mental health professionals in bereavement care. The mission of its international, interdisciplinary faculty is to offer high-level continuing education to psychologists, counselors, social workers, physicians, nurses and others in 55 hours of both onsite and online modules leading to Certification in Grief Therapy as Meaning Reconstruction. PI’s training is certified by the American Psychological Association to offer Continuing Professional Education for psychologists, which is widely recognized by other mental health disciplines. For more information about upcoming training series and certification, see
Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is a joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and Washington State Medical Association. Honoring Choices inspires conversations about the care people want at the end of life. This comprehensive initiative uses a variety of approaches, such as an advance care planning program, community engagement, physician education, advocacy, and a central repository.
They help the public make informed choices about end-of-life care. We help health care organizations and community groups discuss, record and honor people’s end-of-life choices
Everyone is touched by cancer at some point in their lives, either as a patient or as a loved one. Cancer Lifeline helps thousands of cancer patients build strength through our free support groups, classes in nutrition, exercise, personal expression, stress reduction, family meetings and personalized emotional support through our telephone Lifeline and instant messaging platform, the Lifeline Online. Cancer Lifeline also provides direct financial assistance and resource information to low-income patients.
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Grief Dialogues is an educational and informational community and not meant to diagnose or act as medical treatment. Professional support services based on life and grief coaching practices for moving forward after loss may be offered. If you are experiencing serious suicidal thoughts that you cannot control, please stop now and telephone 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)