The African American Spiritual and Ethical Guide to End of Life Care – What Y’all Gon’ Do With Me? is a culturally sensitive resource for African Americans to use as a way to talk about advance care planning options and end-of-life issues with their loved ones. The Guide is reader-friendly and explains in simple language terms like “palliative care” and “hospice care”.
Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson, a university professor and licensed social worker, wrote the first edition of The Guide in 2006 after receiving a grant to produce her research findings into a patient education resource to offer relevant information about end of life care specifically for African Americans. The Guide is now in its 8th edition and continues to be a helpful resource for families, churches, and other organizations that provide health-related services to this population.
Racial disparity in health care has caused many people of color to lose trust in doctors or proposed treatment options. Advance care decisions are often impacted by African Americans’ unique historical, cultural, spiritual, and generational family values. This clear Guide walks readers through the practical and legal considerations in advance care planning and provides an inviting way to talk about what one’s wishes would be if they were unable to speak for themselves due to a life-threatening accident or illness.
Readers will be empowered to take charge of their healthcare and advance care planning needs. A Healthcare Advance Directive sample is included in The Guide.