The End of Life Advisor by Susan R. Dolan and Audrey R. Vizzard

Talking about death won’t kill you.

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Praise for
The End-of-Life Advisor

A winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award!

“A source of reliable information and guidance for life’s last and most difficult situations. Natural story-tellers, the authors deftly tell lively, colorful stories of people caught in extraordinary circumstances to convey lessons that we all would be wise to learn. I shall recommend this book to patients and their families.”

Ira Byock, MD, Director of Palliative Care, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire, author of Dying Well and The Four Things That Matter Most

“Packed with wisdom, compassion, humor, and most of all hope…an invaluable handbook that touches on every aspect of planning and preparing for excellent end-of-life care.”

Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health, author of Holistic Nursing

“Once I started reading this book I couldn’t stop. It seemed like I was reading a diary of my last 25 years as a hospice physician. What a wonderful, extraordinary and uplifting gift. For a long-time ‘hospice road warrior,’ the book brought not only many smiles and frank laughter, but many tearful moments for me, too…all reminding me that this chosen work is, too, a gift.”

Perry G. Fine, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain Research Center, School of Medicine, University of Utah, author of The Hospice Companion

“Weaving stories from their decades of experience with patients, this mother-daughter team has crafted a true gem. This approachable book illuminates the need for conversations about end-of-life choices and demonstrates the grace of hospice. It is a wonderful tool to enable people of all ages to follow the sage advice, ‘From the start, consider the finish.’”

Nathan A. Kottkamp, JD, Chairman, National Healthcare Decisions Day, Healthcare Attorney, McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, Virginia

The End-of-Life-Advisor is a mandatory resource. Whether you are a patient, their family or support system, a health care professional or a student, The End-of-Life-Advisor will enhance your knowledge while enriching your spirit!”

Ellen Fink-Samnick LCSW, CCM, CRC, Clinician, Trainer, Educator, EFS Supervision Strategies

  • Who is the best person to make your end-of-life decisions?
  • What is palliative care and how can it help?
  • When is the best time to call hospice?
  • Why is an advance directive so important? What’s the easiest way to complete one?
  • How do you begin a conversation about dying?

The End-of-Life Advisor
Provide the best end-of-life experience possible–for you, your patients, clients, and your loved ones. The End-of-Life Advisor will help you make sure critical communication takes place, key decisions are made, and wishes are respected. Written by a mother and daughter team of hospice volunteers with experience in nursing, law, and psychology, The End-of-Life Advisor offers caring and compassionate guidance and emotional support.

If you are planning for yourself, you’ll understand the decisions you need to make now to find greater peace down the road. If you’re caring for a loved one, you’ll learn how you can help make their last days much more comfortable. If you are a healthcare or legal professional, The End-of-Life Advisor will help you discover the important ways you can advise your patients and clients.

Susan R. Dolan and Audrey R. Vizzard

Susan Riker Dolan RN, JD

Susan R. Dolan brings 20 years of hospice experience to her work as a healthcare consultant, an advisor on end-of-life care, and a mediator. She is also a registered nurse and an attorney. Susan appears in the critically acclaimed documentary Consider the Conversation: a documentary on a taboo subject. In addition to consulting with private clients, Susan speaks for small groups and at national and fund raising events. She maintains a blog at the Huffington Post.

Audrey Riker Vizzard RN, EdD
Audrey R. Vizzard served as a nurse and clinical psychologist. She is a former adjunct professor of psychology at Purdue University and the author of many books and articles. She served as a hospice volunteer and facilitated an ongoing Good Grief Group for seniors actively dealing with care giving and loss. Audrey is the director of her family foundation.