The Story Behind Transitions and Decisions
TAD Resource stands for Transitions and Decisions Resource. TAD is a national online gateway to information around advance care planning and end of life services and support. TAD Resource was launched by The Final Acts Project (TFAP) in response to the growing need for immediate access to end of life support services and information in January 2018. The proposed project was accepted as a senior capstone project by Professor Clint Tuttle at the UT McCombs School of Business. We had the great honor of working with five creative and dedicated senior students on the planning and development of TAD Resource. To date, most of the creative work has been completed by students committed to making a change. Their legacy will live on for years to come, and through the next generation of students at UT McCombs School of Business that will be working on TAD Resource this summer.
The Final Acts Project (TFAP) is a community-based health education initiative that serves as a catalyst to support end of life discussion, education and planning through the theatre, creative arts and humanities. In the beginning stages of creating the non-profit, we asked how we could explore and talk about the approach of death and advance care planning in a society where death is often considered the ultimate taboo. We also asked ourselves how we could ease the dilemma and discord of millions of people and their families who need to think, talk and plan together for life's end, but cannot because they don't know how. We wanted to know how could we encourage the best possible quality of life for every person while helping families preserve the social capital that is needed at life's transition and ultimate end. Why were these questions so difficult and the answers so elusive?
We knew at least two things: That the answers to these questions and problems were growing in importance as our population continued to rapidly age, not just for those aging, but for young adults. We also knew that the arts and humanities are time-honored ways of paying attention.
The core effort at TFAP has been through the creative and shared means of dramatic interpretation and presentation. When issues are complex and difficult, active and interactive experiences and storytelling becomes a forum for exploration, expression and development of dialogue and strategy. The creative arts produces a shared experience of language and actions, whether it is in the theatre or through local galleries, libraries, museums, houses of worship and conversation groups. It is an inclusive and social way to mirror dilemmas and offer insight into possible actions and answers.
Both TFAP and TAD Resource have an important role to play in the future of our nation's health education around end of life issues. Our founding leaders and current Chair of the Board, Esther Cardenas Pipoly, understands how important it is for all of us to be more actively engaged in the advance care planning conversation. May our educational programs and services provide you with a clear path forward and a viable plan of action. Your greatest gift to yourself and your family will be the conversation of a lifetime.
Meet our TAD-Resource Innovators, Designers and Developers!
This project was made possible by the UT McCombs School of Business and the following team of students.