Community Education & Support

HFA has numerous programs and resources that you can utilize to host community events, provide bereavement support, and educate staff and volunteers. 


Host a community event with these programs:

The AD (Advance Directives) Project

Use these three 10-minute plays by Bryan Harnetiaux to engage your community in discussions around advance directives.

Being Mortal

Host a viewing of Dr. Atul Gawande's documentary to encourage end-of-life care conversations. HFA's highly succesful Being Mortal grant project brought the program to more than 1,200 communities across the U.S.

Bringing Advance Care Planing to Your Community

Learn about what it takes to host a National Institutes of Health research project event in your community.


Host a Hello game day event to encourage advance care planning. HFA partnered with Penn State on a successful grant research project that brought Hello to underserved communities across the country.

Vesta, Dusk, Holding On~Letting Go

Host a theater production to encourage the end-of-life care conversation. These three plays explore the fundamental questions that surround death and dying.

Share these printed resources and videos with your community, staff, and volunteers:

Journeys annual subscription and special issues 

Journeys newsletters are popular bereavement publications to support those coping with loss. Monthly subscriptions and spcial issues provide solace, answers, and reassurance along the grief journey.  

Understanding Hospice brochure

This informational booklet was created to dispel the all-too-common myths surrounding hospice as well as to explain the hospice philosophy of care, hospice care in a nursing home, how to access hospice care, and more.


Understanding Grief brochure

A useful booklet that provides support, validation, and guidance to those navigating the grief journey. It addresses grief in the immediate aftermath of a death and grief during special times throughout the year that can be particularly difficult, such as holidays and anniversaries.


Returning to Work After a Loss brochure

This helpful booklet addresses the trepidation that many grievers feel on their first day back in the workplace and provides tips to help workers make the often uncomfortable transition back to work more bearable.

Supporting a Friend or Loved One with Advanced Illness brochure

This booklet gives helpful tips for providing support and is useful for those unfamiliar with and uncomfortable around serious and advanced illness.

Comó sobrellevar el duelo

This informational booklet was created to help readers understand how grief may be experienced and share tips on coping with grief.


Hospice Volunteers brochure

An informational publication that answers the common questions that potential volunteers often ask, such as What do hospice volunteers do? How do I become a volunteer? and Can I handle the job?  

A Caregiver's Guide to the Dying Process

This helpful resource prepares caregivers, volunteers, and staff for the physical symptoms and psychological issues that accompany the dying process.

Guide for Recalling and Retelling Your Life Story

Each page of this award-winning workbook suggests a topic, such as Family, Adult Life, Growing Older, and Reflections, to help a person tell his or her life story.