End in Mind

Living and Dying Well

End in Mind LogoEnd in Mind is a unique, multi-layered community engagement project designed to inspire and motivate individuals and families across Minnesota to have meaningful conversations about living and dying well.  The inspiration came from a series of remarkable broadcast conversations that Minnesota Public Radio’s Cathy Wurzer had with University of St. Thomas Dean, Bruce Kramer from the time of his ALS diagnosis until his death.

End in Mind Community Calendar

Programs & Events at Scott County Libraries

Book Discussions:                                   
February 9th - Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – Shakopee Library, 1:30-2:30pm
February 26thWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – New Prague Library, 7:00-8:00pm
March 13thBeing Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande – Savage Library, 7:00-8:00pm
March 20thWe Know How This Ends by Bruce Kramer with Cathy Wurzer – Jordan Library, 7:00-8:00pm
March 20th  - When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – Prior Lake Library, 7:00-8:00pm

Writing Your Legacy Letter
New Prague Library – TBA

Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?
Shakopee Library – Thursday, February 21st, 6:00-7:30pm
New Prague Library – Thursday, March 7th, 6:30-8:00pm

Transitioning to Senior Housing
Shakopee Library – TBA 

Remodeling Your Current Home to Age in Place
Savage Library – TBA 

Living Well with the End in Mind Event
Prior Lake Library and Club Prior – March 15th, 10:00am-2:30pm 

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
Conversations Before the Crisis  – from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
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
Books, Booklists, and Brochures:
Check out our End in Mind displays!  In addition to books and other materials to check out, you will find a question to consider as you think about end-of-life planning and choices.

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
MN Dept. of Health – Healthcare Directives
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
Sudden Death
Grief Support Groups