Better Ending | Central MA Partnership to Improve Care at the End of Life

Community Outreach


Guide for a Better Ending

A Guide for a Better EndingThis eight-page brochure explains the importance to you and your family of advance care planning. It covers:

  • What can happen if you have a life threatening medical emergency
  • Talking it over with your loved ones and health care provider
  • What you should expect from your health care provider
  • How to make your health care wishes known
  • Checklist for action
  • Completing your personal wishes statement
  • Completing your health care proxy

Guide for a Better Ending [PDF]

Multicultural Versions of the Guide

Spanish version [PDF]

Vietnamese version [PDF]

African American version [PDF]

Audio Files
English Version [mp3 - 19MB]
Spanish Version [mp3 - 29MB]

"Socrates, Einstein, & the
Worcester District Medical Society"

The oration delivered at the 1997 annual meeting of the Worcester District Medical Society by Dr. H. Brownell Wheeler, co-founder of the Central Massachusetts Partnership to Improve Care at the End of Life. It presents a thoughtful discussion of the challenges and issues that face the dying and those who care for them. Its moving true stories reflect a lifetime’s experience of a caring physician.

Oration [PDF]

Information on this web site was compiled by the former Better Ending Partnership
and is now maintained as a community service by UMass Memorial Health Care.