A Community-Based Health Education Initiative

The Final Acts Project is a community-based health education initiative that serves as a catalyst to stimulate end-of-life discussions, planning, and legacy building through the theatre, creative arts, and the humanities.

Increase Awareness

of advance care planning options through community outreach programs in the performing and creative arts and humanities. When issues are complex, interactive experiences and storytelling offer a forum for exploration, expression, and strategy development.

Understand the Need

Advance care planning is a good idea at any age. You or someone you know will need it. End-of-life planning is a pressing concern for us all, including our veterans and medically fragile children, and the need will continue to grow as the baby boomer generations ages. At no time in our nation’s history have so many needed so much at the end of their life.

Start the Conversation

with your family, friends, or physician. Consider hosting a Bucket List party. They are a fun and easy way to facilitate meaningful discussion about the importance of advance care planning. There is no better time for the advance care planning conversation than now.

A Conversation Worth Having

Denial and silence will not solve the challenges we all face. The last thing we want to burden our family with is our poor planning. You can avoid this by starting the conversation with those you love now. We should all strive to be the author of our own life scripts and to make our wishes and values known to our family, friends, and healthcare providers.

Take Action

by downloading the Advance Directives on our website and sharing with your family members. Taking action through planning allows us to live and plan our lives the best that we possibly can and with greater appreciation for the time we have with those we love.

Make Your Plan

You can complete your plan in minutes or take as long as you need to feel confident. As you make your plan, include your family in the process. Discuss what you want your advance directive to include, and make sure you revisit your plan every three to five years. You may wish to change some part of it later; options are important!

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Each person should be the author of his or her own final script. Most of us know it is important to discuss our end-of-life wishes with our loved ones, but don’t know where to begin the conversation. By using theater and other creative arts to make end-of-life an approachable subject, The Final Acts Project provides tools to start these much-needed discussions.

We educate our communities through:

  • Humanities Events
  • Exhibits
  • Performances

RECENT & UPCOMING EVENTS

Capricho | A project by Mark Menjivar

July 14 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm

Our Resources

The Final Acts Project has made the following free resources available. The content found on the Resources page can help start conversations with family, friends, and doctors about death and dying, as well as help navigate difficult related topics and even complete advance directives. We believe these resources are valuable, no matter your background or upbringing, and we encourage you to browse these pages.

See our seasonal newsletter archive to see what all we have been up to and for further suggested readings.

View our recorded performances and listen to our podcasts.

Tools for Conversations

Get access to any of the following tools needed to prepare and plan for end of life issues.

Texas Living Will – A free service of the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio’s Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, can educate and assist you in completely your Texas Advance Directives.
My Health Care Wishes App: The American Bar Association provides a free smartphone app to store and share your important health care wishes; with $3.99 version you can store documents for multiple family members.
Caring Connections is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life. Caring Connections offers a free printable booklet outlining many facets of end of life decisions in a friendly Q&A format and free printable forms by state. Ask questions on their Hotline, 800-658-8898.
MyDirectives.com is a Universal Advance Digital Directive (uADD), everything you need for a 21st century emergency medical care plan. You can complete it in minutes or take as long as you need to feel confident. The four basic parts are: My Decisions; My Healthcare Agents; My Thoughts; My Circle. A service of A/D Vault, Inc.
Caring Conversations: The Caring Conversations® Workbook will guide you, your family and your friends through the process of advance care planning with a highly individualized focus. The Workbook includes a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare Decisions form for your use. The Center for Practical Bioethics, Kansas City, Missouri
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The Final Acts Project featured in the Rivard Report

March 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

See our three-part series in partnership with the Rivard Report! https://therivardreport.com/fear-of-death-a-different-kind-of-epidemic/ https://therivardreport.com/medically-fragile-children-when-its-time-for-the-physician-to-listen/ https://therivardreport.com/advance-care-planning-a-present-to-your-future/

In My Words

October 24th, 2016|0 Comments

"I've spent over a decade in critical care, in that time I've seen my fair share of patients as they face the end of their life. Whether expected or unexpected, it

Stages of Death

April 22nd, 2015|0 Comments

Life lessons from the mortuary to the theatre If you're a Central Texan, chances are fairly good that you've seen Bernie, the dark Richard Linklater comedy starring Jack Black in the

Reverence

April 8th, 2015|0 Comments

I will kiss the feet of my mother. I am not ashamed to bow down towards grass, wet with clear sky water. I will bow  down to her who birthed me, in whose center I was housed, in whose waters I