The following books offer information on advance care planning and related topics.



Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Bestselling book discussing one of medicine’s biggest challenges: how to improve life as well as the process of how life ends.




The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End of Life Care
by Angelo Volandes

Dr. Angelo E. Volandes writes about the need to have The Conversation and how patients and doctors must talk about this difficult issue to help insure that end-of-life care meets the patient’s needs.


TalkCan’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
by Roz Chast

A New York Times bestseller about caring for aging parents.



FinalGiftsFinal Gifts
by Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley

Authors are hospice nurses with over twenty years’ experience sharing their intimate experiences with patients at the end of life.



BeingWithBeing with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death
by Joan Halifax

Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher sharing the experiences of her many years of work with dying people and offers wisdom for anyone helping to care for a dying person or facing their own death.


ABetterWayA Better Way of Dying: How to Make the Best Choices at the End of Life
By Jeanne Fitzpatrick & Eileen Fitzpatrick

The authors describe a five-step Compassion Protocol that offers a simple and effective framework for leaving clear instructions about your wishes for at end of life.



BestCarePossibleThe Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
by Ira Byock

One of the nation’s foremost leaders in palliative care. Dr. Byock takes us inside a state-of-the-art academic medical center and opens our eyes to an issue that will affect our loved ones, our neighbors, and ourselves. Book jacket.


Booklets for Consumers from the Coalition for Compassionate Care California:

Finding Your Way: A Guide for EndofLife Medical Decisions. This 13‐page, easy‐to‐read booklet helps those who are starting the advance care planning process or considering whether to initiate or withdraw life‐sustaining treatment when the end of life is near. Also available in Spanish.

MrsLee’s Story: Medical Decisions Near the End of Life. This 16‐page booklet written in Chinese and English relates the story of 91‐year old Mrs. Ming Lee to introduce health issues that concern Chinese elders and their families. It includes basic information on advance care planning and advance directives, pain management and hospice care.  These booklets are available to view online, or purchase through CCCC’s online store at