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Printable Resources, Recommended Readings & Helpful Links

Knowledge is power, and we want to help you find the answers to all of your questions. Explore our Document Library, Helpful Links and Recommended Readings for a variety of valuable resources, which you can search by category or by keyword.

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Expert speakers are available to share information on their respective areas of specialty. Schedule an Avow representatives to visit your workplace, organization or community group/association to offer a formal presentation or facilitate group discussion.

To discuss interviews or speaking engagements:

Call (239) 261-4404

Request A Speaker

Talk to one of our expert speakers when you have a question about their areas of specialty.  Avow representatives are available to visit your workplace, organization or community group/association to offer a formal presentation or facilitate group discussion. To discuss speaking engagements with an educator/outreach team member please call 239-261-4404.

Speaker Topics:

  • Overview of Avow services
  • Palliative care and end-of-life issues
  • Medical and ethical issues in end of life care
  • Advance directives (living wills)
  • How hospice works with local physicians
  • Hospice care basics
  • Hospice nursing as a career
  • Hospice community services
  • How to support someone who is seriously ill
  • Fundraising and donation stewardship
  • Compassion Fatigue: Keeping hope alive in difficult times
  • Children’s responses to grief

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Document Library

2015 Avow Annual Community Report


Download the annual community report for 2015 to discover all the ways you and Avow change moments and change lives in our community through palliative care, hospice and grief support.

Attachment: 2015 Avow Annual Community Report

Avow Life Dossier


Avow’s “My Life Dossier” is a workbook to help you organize important documents and to pre-plan for emergencies and your final life chapter.

Attachment: Avow Life Dossier

Avow Caregiver Guide


The Avow Patient & Caregiver Guide is for patients and families to reference following admission to Avow. For questions about services or information in this guide, please contact a member of your care team.

English – Attachment:  Avow Caregiver Guide 2017.pdf

Avow In Your Service Brochure Nov2013


When illness, death, grief and loss touch your life, or the life of someone close to you, you need loving care and professional guidance to get through. Here in southwest Florida, Avow is that source of expert care.

Attachment:  Avow In Your Service Brochure_Nov2013

A Meal for Me Cookbook

Download this helpful cookbook shared with Avow by Hospice of Michigan. This resource offers recipes for cooking for one.

Attachment: A Meal for Me: Simple Strategies for Cooking for One

Patient/Family Admission Agreement/Informed Consent/Benefit Election- SPANISH

Download the SPANISH/ESPANOL Avow Informed Consent for Hospice Services Election Form #R10007sp

Attachment: Acuerdo De Ingreso/Declaracion De Consentimiento Informado Del Paciente/La Familia

Patient/Family Admission Agreement/Informed Consent/Benefit Election- ENGLISH

Download and review Avow’s Informed Consent Hospice Service Election Form #R10007

Attachment:  Informed consent hospice service election form.

Avow Room & Board Payment Process (FGHH)

Attachment:  Avow Room & Board Payment Process (FGHH)

Medicare Billing Summary for Physicians

Follow this link to download a resource sheet for Medicare Billing.

ATTACHMENT: Medicare Billing Summary for Physicians – Feb 2013

FHPCO Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Download the Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Hospice Patients and Caregivers

Attachment: FHPCA Hurricane Guide

Attachment: FHPCA Hurricane Guide (Spanish) –  Preparativos para huracanes: guÍa Para pacientes de hospicios y responsables de su cuidado

Information & Referral Service for Collier County

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Compassionate Friends (loss of child)

Florida Gulf Coast University Division of Social Work

Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Organization

Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Conversation Project

Hospice Action Network

The Joint Commission

Florida Nurses Association

American Cancer Society

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Hospice Net

History of Hospice

Senior Care


Caring Bridge

Kid Source (Grief)

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA Senior Care)

Grief – Bereavement Library & Guide

Grief Support Services

Surviving Suicide Loss

Grief Loss & Recovery

National Cancer Institute

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners

FHPCA Hurricane Preparedness Guide for Hospice Patients & Caregivers

Parkinson’s Association of SW Florida

Alzheimer’s Support Network

Recommended Readings

End-of-Life Topic

A Challenge for Living (Inge B. Corless, Barbara B. Germino, Mary A. Pittman)

Dying Well (Ira Byock, MD)

The Four Things That Matter Most (Ira Byock, MD)

Final Gifts (Maggie Callanan, Patricia Kelley)


Early Bereavement Topic

Journey’s End (Deborah Sigrist, BSN, RN, CRNH)

Taking Care of Business-Before Death Threatens (Jim Boulden)

Hospice Coloring Book (Talbot Hospice Foundation)

A Meal for Me: Strategies for Cooking for One  (Hospice of Michigan) – Available for download.

Bereavement Topic: Adult

Don’t Take My Grief Away (Doug Manning)

Grief Journal (Linda Lodge Abelson Andreozzi)

Life without Lisa (Richard Ballo)

To Heal Again Towards Serenity and Resolution (Rusty Berkus)

The Grief Recovery Handbook (John W. James and Frank Cherry)

How will I Get through the Holidays? (James E. Miller)

On Being Alone (AARP)

Special Issues for Younger Widowed Persons (AARP)

Final Gifts (Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley)

Finding Your Way through Grief (Genesee Region Hone Care)

Men and Grief (AARP)

Guide Lines for Life Beyond Loss (Hospice Care of Tri-County)

Going Through Bereavement (Real Style)

When Someone You Love Completes Suicide (Adults & Teens) by Sondra Sexton-Jones

Bereavement Topic: Children

The Angel with the Golden Glow (Elissa Al-Chokhachy)

Why did Grandpa Die? (Barbara Shook Hazen)

Mommy, Please Don’t Cry (Linda DeYmaz)

Penny Bear’s Gift of Love (Penny Wigglesworth)

The Empty Place (Roberta Temes, Ph.D.)

Lifetimes (Bryon Mellonie and Robert Ingpen)

Timmy’s Christmas Surprise (Karla Wheeler)

Heart-Shaped Pickles (Karla Wheeler)

Wrap Myself in a Rainbow (Paul Alexander)

What About Me? (for siblings of a very sick child) by Allan Peterkin

Uncle Jerry has AIDS (Jim and Brett Boulden)

Helping Your Child Grieve (Real Style)

How to Help Children through A Parent’s Serious Illness (for parents) by Kathleen McCue

Saying Goodbye (Elementary Age) by Jim & Joan Boulden

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf (Elementary Age) by Leo Buscaglia

When Dinosaurs Die (Elementary Age) by L. Kramsny-Brown & M. Brown

The Saddest Time (Elementary Age) by Norma Simon

When A Parent Dies (Elementary Age) by Fred Bratman

When Someone Very Special Dies (Elementary Age) by Marge Eaton Heegaard

Living Well with My Serious Illness (Elementary Age) by Marge Eaton Heegaard

How It Feels When A Parent Dies (Teens) by Jill Krementz

The Last Goodbye (Teens) by Jim & Joan Boulden

When a Friend Dies (Teens) by Marilyn Gootman

Straight Talk about Death for Teenagers by Earl Grollman

Someone I Loved Died by Suicide (Elementary Age) by Doreen Cammarata

When Someone You Love Completes Suicide (Teens & Adults) by Sondra Sexton-Jones

Pet-related Bereavement Topics

Death of a Pet (Guideline Publications)

A Final Act of Caring (Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Your Aging Pet: Making the Senior Years Healthy and Rewarding (Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Good-bye My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet (Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Forever in My Heart: Remembering My Pet’s Life – (Memory book for adults by Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Love & Remembrance: The Gift of Animals and Healing from Their Loss (Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Ten Tips on Coping with the Loss of Your Pet ( Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed)

When a Pet Passes On (Banfield)

For Children

Saying Goodbye to Your Pet by Marge Eaton Heegaard

The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (death of a pet), (Elementary Age) by Judith Viorst

I Remember: A Book About My Special Pet (Memory book for children by Mary and Herb Montgomery)

Most Grief & Bereavement titles available through Compassion 1-(800) 970-4220

Visit the American Cancer Society Bookstore ( for a variety of suggested readings