Individuals & Families

What are the things that are not being said?


We know that sharing what we love with the people we love is one of the greatest joys in life. We also know that when things get hard, figuring out how to talk about what matters most in life, gets even harder.

In our death-denying culture, few of us contemplate the certainty of our death or that it could happen at any time. Yet, contemplating death is vital to putting us in touch with our best and truest self and encourages us to be more clear about our priorities.

One of the greatest legacies we can leave our loved ones is to ensure they have the information they need when the time comes; allowing them to focus on grieving and healing rather than being consumed by stressful searches for information or even worse, family conflicts around decisions.

Expected Outcomes

Navigating the landscape of end of life care can be daunting under the best of circumstances. Trying to find your way when you or a loved one is distressed can be overwhelming if not paralyzing. Dyalogues’ docents are here to guide you through the terrain so you and those you love can see and be empowered explorers within the map of care available to you. So the care that matters is the only thing delivered.

  • Know your options and familiarize yourself with the end of life care landscape: understand hospice, palliative care, skilled nursing homes, assisted-living and home care support.
  • Know the meaning of documents: understand the value and limitations of Advance Care directives and POLST forms.
  • Perform a gap analysis: Take an accounting of your resources and strengths relative to care at the end of life.
  • Take pre-emptive actions that will limit burden to those you love.
  • Learn how to stay in control: become an advocate/empower an advocate.
  • Understand the role of a surrogate decision maker, identify a trusted surrogate and empower them to become your advocate.
  • Build a Team: lay and professional advocates for health, legal, finance and organizing.
  • Practice end of life conversations while you are well.
  • Know what to do when a loved one dies.

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