Tools and inspiration for families.

Family Care Plan Toolkit

A Family Care Plan forms a blueprint for how a family will provide for the care of an aging or ill loved one over time.  When the care is needed, the family knows what to do and what resources to access.  Things have been put in place to support their loved one(s).

This plan is designed to build a family care team around an aging or ill person to support them to remain in control of their own living and health-care choices, at least to the extent that they are mentally and physically able.

With a strong plan established, all family members can have a place of belonging, knowing there is something they can contribute to the support of their loved one.


Transitional Wisdom: A guide to healthy aging and completing life with dignity is an inspiring yet practical guide for anyone who is aging, dealing with serious illness or has a loved one facing a life-threatening illness or age-related decline. Morningstar Holmes shares moving personal stories of the dying process as well as information on how to create a family care plan, resolving the past and healing the whole family, finding the right health-care professionals, and estate planning. She provides a comprehensive, practical guide to help you plan the final stages of your life or that of a loved one.

The Transitional Wisdom Action Journal is the companion workbook. This journal is designed to help you explore your thoughts and beliefs about life and death, reduce your fears, and become proactive in planning for your senior years—or those of a loved one. The Action Journal will help you create a plan that includes medical, legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual issues. Anyone who is aging, dealing with serious illness, or has a loved one facing a life-threatening illness or age-related decline will benefit from using this journal.

Case Studies

These stories are different but are connected by the intimacy created at the end of life. Each of these people completed their life with dignity. 

When Sarah shared her truth with her father he was able to make amends, to ask for and receive forgiveness. They healed a deep wound and restored a loving relationship with one another. He died at peace, with no regret in the end.

Sean received a gift of a lasting piece of wisdom from his father, something he will carry with him for the remainder of his life. His dad left him with a glow in his heart and a deep love and appreciation for the depth of his father’s love.

Mary had a full life. In the end, there was a joining of the generations, validating the strength and love of family.

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