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Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Services Administration | Library and Information Science | Medicine and Health | Palliative Care | Public Health Education and Promotion | Therapeutics


The purpose of this article is to describe my experience during the last few days of my father's life. My father had been suffering with dementia for approximately eight years. As a family, we worked together to plan his care. However, we were not prepared for his last days of life. Understanding the process helped me cope with the end of my father's life. The end of the article includes links to some freely available resources to help you, your family, and your patrons.


Advance care planning, dementia, end of life, hospice care, last hours of life

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This is the Author's Accepted Manuscript of an Article published in Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet, 04 Jun 2014, available online at: Author manuscript posted as allowed by the publisher's author rights policy at

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Glassman, Penny. Understanding the Last Days of Life: Information and Resources for Patients and Family Members. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2014 Jun 04;18(2):202-207. doi: 110.1080/15398285.2014.902285. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet