When They Need Us Most

End-of-life decisions are not something any of us like to think about, much less talk about.  When the time comes to make such decisions about a loved one, people are understandably emotional and perhaps not thinking clearly.  And yet, while difficult, the topic is practically universal:  everyone loses loved ones, and everyone dies.

self portrait of sadness

self portrait of sadness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How can libraries help?  It seems to me that this is a perfect opportunity to offer assistance to our clientele—here are some of my ideas:

  • Make sure your collection has current materials in all formats on the topics of hospice, grief, living wills, death and dying, and the like.  Don’t forget the children’s collection.
  • Partner with your local hospice and/or hospital to offer programs at the library, provide reading lists at their facilities, jointly sponsor programs, etc.
  • Allow grief support groups to meet at the library

But this is just a start.  What are your ideas?  Has your library addressed the topic?  Why or why not?

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