Closure is an initiative designed to change expectations about the end of life. Originally developed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation in Pittsburgh, Closure brings together community leaders, clergy, health care professionals, policymakers and caregivers for a series of conversations about end-of-life care.

It’s important for everyone to think about what they want for themselves and their loved ones during their final chapter of life. The resources shared by the Closure Initiative assist with this planning process and make difficult decisions about dying easier for families and doctors to navigate. Our goal is to empower individuals and health care professionals with easy-to-access, simple-to-understand information about end-of-life care.

For tips on how to get these conversations started with your loved ones, check out clever online tools like Death Over Dinner and The Conversation Project. You may also enjoy Go Wish, an online card game about end-of-life preferences. Free planning tools such as Living Will templates, advance directives or The Five Wishes are important for everyone to have and easy to use. To learn more, visit

We are proud to continue the Closure Initiative in partnership with: Capital Blue Cross, Carlisle Regional Medical Center, Hospice of Central PA, PinnacleHealth and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Together, we are committed to improving end-of-life care throughout our region.