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Discussion Guides
The following discussion guides provide activities and discussion topics to help facilitate conversations on death, dying, and the afterlife with family members and friends, and in small groups. Together, these four guides offer a complement of tools, activities, resources, and reading on end-of-life issues.

Exploring issues on death and dying:
On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying Discussion Guide - A rich digest of essays and articles on end-of-life care with questions for discussion and practical ideas for caring for loved ones and taking action. Download PDF version here (requires Adobe Acrobat 4). To receive a copy of the Discussion Guide, please write to: On Our Own Terms Discussion Guide, PO Box 245, Little Falls, New Jersey 07424-0245.

Exploring your beliefs on the afterlife:
With Eyes Open Guide—a discussion guide aimed at helping small groups facilitate discussions on death, dying, and the afterlife. Available online and as a printer-friendly version. For hard-copies of the guide, contact: KQED Audience Services, Inc., 2601 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 or call (415) 864-2000.

Making medical decisions:
Finding Your Way booklet—this 13-page booklet guides individuals and families through the processes of planning before serious illness occurs, as well as when facing end-of-life decisions (also available in Spanish). Single copies are available for $1.50 by sending a check (made payable to Finding Your Way) to: CAHHS Sales/Distribution Center, PO Box 340100, Sacramento, CA 95834-0100.

For group discussions on end-of-life decisions:
Talking It Over discussion guide—designed for lay discussion leaders, this guide provides the format and exercises for 3 one-hour sessions on end-of-life issues: "Exploring Your Personal Views," "Talking with Loved Ones" and "Making Tough Decisions" (also available in Spanish and Tagalog). To order the guide, contact Kathy Glasmire at (916) 484-2485, email:; check their website at:; or send your request in writing to: Sacramento Healthcare Decisions, 4747 Engle Road, Carmichael, CA 95608

Community Outreach
The outreach/community partnership component of the Bay Window: With Eyes Open, has been a collaborative effort. Outreach has included a series of focus group brain trusts, helping KQED to determine program content for the With Eyes Open series. The Outreach/Community Partnership staff worked with the producers of the programs to identify participants in the broadcasts.

In addition, there is now an on-going network among Bay Area End-Of-Life Care providers, many of whom participate in a web-based network, engaging in cross-disciplinary discussions and exchanging resources. KQED and Growth House, Inc. provided the original facilitation for the network. A steering committee was formed, providing the impetus and on-going support for the network. Members of the steering committee represent all disciplines within the End-Of-Life Care movement; hospice, VNA, chaplains, caregivers and bereavement professionals.

Many people have played significant roles in the Outreach/Community Partnership efforts for Bay Window: With Eyes Open. Within KQED, the program producers, the Communications Dept. and the Development Dept. as well as two part time staff hired to do outreach/community partnership coordination all worked together to implement as comprehensive an outreach strategy as possible. One of the brain trusts was hosted by the Television Race Initiative, who also helped with audience recruitment. The California Coalition for Compassionate Care will provide the on-going maintenance and facilitation of the web-based network, once KQED is finished at the end of the broadcast.

The strength of the Outreach/Community Partnership is its sustainability. Our hope is that long after the broadcast, the members of the coalition that were drawn together as a result of the television programming, the network will provide continued resources for each other, enhancing the quality and increasing access to end-of-life care for a larger percentage of the population in the Bay Area.

San Francisco/Bay Area Events Listing
Check out our comprehensive listing of Bay Area activities planned around the With Eyes Open series broadcast.

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