Death is inevitable. We can’t change that fact. We can change our relationship to it. We can bring death out of the closet.

Contemplate it. Talk about it. Plan for it. Allow it to inform the way we live—the choices we make. How we die is an extension of how we live.

Use the resources gathered here to develop your death literacy—the practical know-how needed to plan well for the end of life—for yourself or others.

Talking About Death Won’t Kill You

Join us — Saturday, November 9 between 2:00-4:00 pm at The Space@ Greenstar (enter parking lot at Court Street and N. Fulton) — to develop the practical know-how needed to plan well for the end of life. The format is open, so you can drop by for a few minutes or stay for two hours. Staff from local organizations can help you explore:

  • health care proxies & living wills
  • how to access palliative care
  • hospice care
  • wills & trusts
  • organ donation and how you can make a difference at any age
  • funeral planning and how to control costs
  • green burial

Many people die in ways inconsistent with their values and wishes. Planning ahead provides an opportunity to think about and communicate what you do and don’t want at the end of life.

Brought to you by On Dying Well, Cayuga Medical Center, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, Greensprings Natural Cemetery Preserve, Hospicare & Palliative Care Services, Human Services Coalition, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca