Institute for End of Life Care Education


Caring Connections

(800) 658-8898

Information is available on a number of end-of-life issues, including hospice and palliative care information; advance-care planning; advance directives; and living wills, caregiving, pain, grief and financial planning.

Hospice Foundation of America
(800) 854-3402
This nonprofit organization provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it. The foundation assists those who cope personally or professionally with terminal illness, death, and the process of grief and bereavement.

The Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of Wisconsin
(800) 210-0220

HOPE represents the licensed hospices in Wisconsin. Its mission is to provide education, legislative influence and partnership opportunities to all individuals and organizations in Wisconsin who influence the quality of end-of-life decisions and care to strengthen the provision of hospice and palliative care. The website includes information about hospice programs and advance directives and an alphabetical listing of hospices by city in Wisconsin and how to contact them.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
(800) 658-8898

It's the oldest and largest nonprofit public benefit organization that represents hospice and palliative care programs. NHPCO is committed to improving the end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care. Helpful informational brochures are available, including a:

Family caregivers

National Family Caregivers Association
(800) 896-3650
This association supports, empowers, educates and speaks up for caregivers and addresses common needs and concerns of all caregivers.

Family Caregiver Alliance
(800) 445-8106
This alliance seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, service, research and advocacy.


Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
This professional organization represents many different faith and cultural traditions and is committed to advancing theological education in any setting where ministry is being practiced.

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
This association provides theological, spiritual, ethical and clinical counseling and information about locating a clinical counselor near you.

George Washington University Institute for Spirituality and Health
This university-based organization works to provide a more compassionate system of health care and focuses on educational and clinical issues related to spirituality and health. Its founder and director is Dr. Christina M. Puchalski, who has published on spirituality and health care in journals, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Palliative Medicine and Clinics in Geriatric Medicine.

National Association of Catholic Chaplains
This professional organization is for certified chaplains and clinical pastoral educators who participate in the healing mission of Jesus Christ. It provides standards, advocacy, education and professional development.

National Association of Jewish Chaplains
This professional organization is for rabbis, cantors and other Jewish professionals functioning as chaplains. It provides services and resources to the Jewish community and general community on issues of pastoral and spiritual care based on Jewish traditions and services.



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