Here's your portable guide to the conversation.
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NEW! You can now type your answers directly into the Starter Kit, save your personalized version, finish or change it later, and email it to family and friends.

New! A Starter Kit designed to help parents of seriously ill children who want guidance about "having the conversation" with their children.
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Starter Kit also available in Spanish
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Starter Kit also available in French
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Starter Kit also available in Mandarin
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How to use the Starter Kit
  • Move straight through by clicking the arrows at the bottom of the page, or navigate to the section you’d like to explore by clicking on the progress bar at the top of the page.
  • Get extra help through every step by downloading and printing out the Starter Kit PDF from the top of the page. You can now type your answers directly into the Starter Kit, save your personalized version, finish or change it later, and email it to family and friends.
Remember:
  • This can be the first of many conversations, so you don’t have to cover everyone or everything right now.
Now that you've had the conversation with your loved ones, are you ready to talk with your doctor?
Download and print the How to Talk to Your Doctor PDF
Also available in Spanish
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Also available in French
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Welcome to the Conversation Starter Kit

It’s not easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be. But it’s one of the most important conversations you can have with your loved ones.

This Starter Kit will help you get your thoughts together and then have the conversation.

This isn’t about filling out Advance Directives or other medical forms. It’s about talking to your loved ones about what you or they want for end-of-life care.

Whether you’re getting ready to tell someone what you want, or you want to help someone else get ready to talk, we hope the Starter Kit will be a useful guide.

We want you to be the expert on your wishes and those of your loved ones. Not the doctors or nurses. Not the end-of-life experts. You.

PLEASE NOTE: This document does not seek to provide legal advice.

Ready to get started? Take the first step towards having the conversation.

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