End in Mind

Living and Dying Well

End in Mind LogoThe End in Mind Project is a unique, multi-layered community engagement initiative designed to inspire and motivate individuals and families across Minnesota to have meaningful conversations about living and dying well. End in Mind was inspired by a series of remarkable broadcasts on Minnesota Public Radio between MPR’s Cathy Wurzer and University of St. Thomas Dean, Bruce Kramer. From the time of his ALS diagnosis until his death, Kramer advocated for more open conversations about intentional living and end-of-life planning. 

In the Spring of 2019, Scott County Library staff conducted a series of programs designed to help our community broach this sensitive topic. We hope these resources continue to help facilitate meaningful conversations. 

How Do I Start the Conversation?  

The following links will help you find a starting point for discussing your end-of-life wishes with your loved ones:

Conversation Starters:
Starter Kits - from the Conversation Project
Conversation Starters - from Honoring Choices Minnesota
What Would You Do If You Were Going To Die Soon?
Living While Dying
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Contemplating Mortality
Writing a Legacy Letter to Your Family

Resources at the Library

Legal Forms (Access with your Scott County Library card):
The forms listed below are available through the Scott County Library website at www.scottlib.org/Research.

Choose “All Online Resources A-Z”, then select the “Legal Forms Library” link.
  • Living Wills and Healthcare Forms
  • Wills
  • Living Trusts
Scott County Law Library
For help with legal forms and information, as well as clinics and workshops on legal topics, contact the Law Library by calling 952-496-8713 Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm or visit the website by clicking here.

Book Club Kits
Want to discuss end-of-life topics with friends or family? The following book club kits contain 10 copies of each book, as well as discussion questions:

Online Resources

Advance Care Planning:
AARP - 10 Tips to Help Protect Your Spouse
AARP - Organize Your Loved One’s Financial Records
National Institute on Aging – Getting Your Affairs in Order
AARP – End-of-Life Care 
Aging Issues:
Aging – a series from National Public Radio
Aging at Home
Aging in Place
Aging in Place: a Community Toolkit
Live Well at Home

Hospice & Palliative Care:
Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care
Choosing Hospice: a Consumer’s Guide
Get Palliative Care
Brighter Day Grief Center Support Groups for Adults
Sudden: Guides for Suddenly Bereaved People