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HCM Thanksgiving Campaign

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This Thanksgiving, we encourage
you to have the conversation ...

As you gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you may want to consider having a conversation about your preferences for end-of-life care. A recent study showed that the majority of those who’d had this conversation with their loved ones before they passed away felt better “knowing I was honoring my loved one’s wishes.”

On Thanksgiving Day, Twin Cities Public Television will broadcast a series of short documentaries on how to initiate this important conversation. (See for further details and broadcast times.) The Honoring Choices web site ( also features more than 700 videotaped family sessions and other resources to help people initiate discussion and complete a health care directive. Congregation members are encouraged to share these viewing experiences with family members and loved ones. It will open the door to rich discussions!

Give those you love the valuable gift of an advance care planning conversation this Thanksgiving. There’s no better time to share your beliefs and values than when you are making memories together.

Tools and resources to help you share:

Have the Conversation Poster (8 1/2 x 11)

Have the Conversation Poster (11 x 17)

Sample letter to your faith community or organization


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Honoring Choices Ambassador & Community Toolkit

Honoring Choices Minnesota Ambassadors are volunteers who have gone through training to speak to groups about advanced care planning.  They are available to present to your group at no cost to you.  They outline what advance care planning is, why it's important, and how to begin. 

Our Ambassadors are ready to speak with your group
If you would like to request more information about our Ambassador progam, or to arrange for an Ambassador to speak at a gathering, please contact us by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone, 612-362-3704.

For our Ambassadors:

Ambassador ToolkitThis e-based toolkit is designed to provide our Ambassadors with excellent video-clips, PowerPoint discussion and presentation tools, multi-cultural and other resources that inspire and promote advance care planning. New resources are continually developed and added for diverse community use.

To view & download the content in the toolkit please login to access files.

If you already have an account and need access to the toolkit, email us here. For those interested in becoming an Ambassador, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Download Printed Resources

Outside LinkAARP 2011 Bulletin Feature, "Talking Helps Families with End-of-Life Decisions"

Outside LinkMinnesota Medicine February 2011, "Personalized Medicine: Without guidance from patients, medicine sustains life at any cost"

Watch Videos

Outside LinkHonoring Choices Minnesota - Public Service Announcement- Featuring Jearlyn Steele

Outside LinkThe Bicycle Accident - Protestant Listening Session

Outside LinkPutting the Puzzle Together - Jewish Listening Session

Outside LinkStart the Conversation - Send an evite to family and loved ones using videos featuring Jearlyn Steele

Outside LinkYour Lungs Don't Exist - A Cuban American Perspective, Mario Fernandez

Outside LinkPreparing Families - A Native American Perspective

Outside LinkNational Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) Video

Download Presentations

Recommended Resources

View videos from the following Listening Sessions in your browser by clicking on the topic headings below. Each link will take you to all the videos currently available for that topic at

Organ and Tissue Donation Resources

Lifesource - Organ and Tissue Donation Website
ownload informational brochures about organ and tissues donation free! Resources available include facts about donations, how it works, what it means to register, and many others.

Ambassador Evaluation Form

Honoring Choices Minnesota is becoming a new national model in advance care planning. We want to learn from your Ambassador experiences. Share your insights and "lessons" learned with us as a learning community by taking a few minutes to complete our Ambassador Evaluation Form

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