Resources

Who can you turn to for help and advice about burial, death, and dying?

There’s us, of course. You can reach us at 607-564-7577.

Funeral directors, funeral consumer alliances, and cemetery staff are good sources of information about burial-related end-of-life questions. (Of course, not all these staff completely understand funeral and cemetery law. People at some cemeteries believe, for example, that embalming is legally required.)

Hospices, doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes are the place to go for information about medical end-of-life questions, such as how to get and fill out health-care proxy forms and what a living will is. And your county or community may have nonprofit or governmental organizations that also provide information on end-of-life issues.

For hospice in Tompkins County:

Hospicare and Palliative Care Services
172 E. King Road, Ithaca NY 14850
607-272-0212 |  607-272-0237 (fax)
info@hospicare.org | www.hospicare.org

Local nonprofit or governmental organizations that provide information on end-of-life questions include:

Lifelong, Enhancing the Second Half
119 West Court Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-273-1511
www.tclifelong.org

Tompkins County Office for the Aging
320 North Tioga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-5490
607-274-5495 fax

Each county in New York has an Office for the Aging (aging.state.ny.us). The New York State Senior Citizen’s Hotline is at 800-342-9871.

In Tompkins County, the Cayuga Medical Center will keep your health care proxy form on file, whether you are a patient or not. Be sure you tell your proxy—the person whom you’ve designated to make medical decisions for you, should you be incapable of doing so—where your living will is.

Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca
101 Dates Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850
607-274-4011
www.cayugamed.org