End of Life Planning Workbooks and Worksheets

At End of Life Choices California (EOLCCA), we work hard to help you feel supported and prepared for life’s final chapter.

While the end of life is inevitable, having a say in how you spend your final days is a choice you can make today. Unfortunately most people do not have a written advance health directive.  However, advance care planning is about making deliberate decisions about your end-of-life care now, documenting these choices, and sharing your decisions with your loved ones and healthcare providers. This process is crucial in ensuring that your healthcare preferences are respected, even if you become unable to communicate them yourself.  As part of our commitment to empowering individuals with knowledge and tools for end-of-life planing, below we are happy to share some very thougtful and comprehensive documents to help you initiate this very important documentation before you may be faced with a crisis.

Workbooks: Compassion & Choices

“My End of Life Decisions”

Introducing the Advance Planning Guide from Compassion & Choices

We recognize that contemplating and discussing the end of life can be challenging for many. The process of setting up the necessary documents might appear overwhelming. To assist in this vital aspect of life planning, we are proud to share an invaluable resource developed by Compassion & Choices—The Advance Planning Guide & Toolkit.

This guide is designed to navigate you through considering your end-of-life care preferences, documenting these in an advance directive along with any other necessary forms, selecting a healthcare proxy who can advocate on your behalf, and understanding common medical interventions towards the end of life. By clarifying your desires, you can articulate clearly what you wish to embrace or avoid as your life draws to a close. Moreover, the guide facilitates essential discussions with your healthcare team and your family, ensuring that everyone understands and respects your end-of-life wishes.

Workbooks: The Conversation Project

“What Matters to Me Workbook”

Introducing the “What Matters to Me” Workbook by The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Their “What Matters to Me” workbook is a thoughtful guide and toolset designed to facilitate deep reflection on your values, wishes, and preferences regarding end-of-life care. It encourages you to articulate what matters most to you and helps guide conversations with loved ones and healthcare providers.

    Workbooks: SAGE

    LGBTQ+ Advance Care Planning Toolkit

    by Eliza Giles, MSN, RN, AGCNP, CHPN, SAGE Intern
    “Advance care planning is preparing for your future healthcare and life decisions. It is the ongoing process of making your wishes and values known to your providers and caregivers. Think of it as a gift to loved ones to do this work before a crisis or health change.”  This step-by-step guide for the LGBTQ+ community in preparing for healthcare needs and end-of-life decisions comes from SAGE –  The National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ and Aging, at

    The National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging

    The National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults. Established in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging provides training, technical assistance and educational resources to aging providers, LGBTQ+ organizations and LGBTQ+ older adults.

    Additional Resources

    Beyond the “What Matters to Me” workbook, The Conversation Project offers a suite of resources aimed at sparking and supporting conversations about end-of-life care:

    Contact a Volunteer

    If you have questions, would like to discuss advance care planning further, or need help preparing your advance directives, please contact us.  A volunteer will follow up with you to find out how we can assist.