Journey to Life’s End: A Traveler’s Guide

Free Excerpt Download an excerpt of the Journey Book in pdf format. Overview Journey to Life’s End: A Traveler’s Guide, published in 1996 and updated 2002, authored by Susan Keller (MA Library Science, MA Management). This work offers people new ways to contemplate the journey to life’s end in a manner consistent with personal values, wishes and resources. The work weaves together state-of-the-art research, professional expertise and storytelling. Many professionals contributed insight ... Read More

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa

A grant award from Kaiser Permanente (KP) Santa Rosa Community Benefit enabled the Community Network to work in concert with KP Health Education staff and area senior centers to produce four “Wellness Through Life’s End” workshops in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol during 2007 (see calendar for more info.) The Kaiser grant award also helped with upgrading our website and building the “Support Group Clearninghouse” serving consumers and providers in the Greater Sonoma County region. It is the ... Read More

Life Review, Grief & Loss, Ritual & Ceremony

This three hour workshop teaches people about bringing closure and peace of mind to the dying, their care-givers, family and friends. Upon completion of this workshop participants should understand: (1) the value, importance and techniques of life review; (2) the feelings of grief and loss and how to move through the process; (3) the value and importance of ritual & ceremony including creative approaches; and (4) resources of value to assist along the way. Contact Journey Project for more ... Read More

Marco A. Vidal Fund

Since 2007, the Marco A. Vidal Fund has been providing general operating support to the Community Network. Grants received through the generosity of Mr. Vidal help further work we do to improve care for the elderly and those living with life-limiting serious illness including their caregivers. The Marin Community Foundation is administrator for the Marco A. Vidal Fund.

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Pacific Foundation for Medical Care

The Pacific Foundation for Medical Care granted the Community Network a part of the seed money needed to start the Journey Project in 1997. In 2011 PFMC granted us funding needed to help further our work educating physicians about end of life planning and care. The Pacific Foundation for Medical Care is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient access to physicians. Through their affiliation with the California Foundation for Medical Care, they are part of one of the largest preferred ... Read More

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Rallying Points was a national program (active 2000 - 2004)dedicated to supporting grassroots efforts to improve quality of care and life through life’s end. Grants received from the RWJF Rallying Point Program enabled the Community Network: to work with our Latino Advisory Council and Sonoma County In Home Support Services Public Authority to create a four-hour Spanish-language “End of Life Issues” pilot training program (2004); to provide planning and support ... Read More

St. Joseph Health System – Sonoma County

The St. Joseph Health System Sonoma County Community Benefit Department provided seed money for the Journey Project Latino Caregiver Outreach & Training Program development during 2006. The grant enabled us to do work with community leaders ( including the Journey Project Latino Advisory Council) to develop a Plan for Cooperative Action. This Plan will help guide and support the expansion, decentralization and integration of the Journey Project services into the existing Latino service delivery system. ... Read More

The California Endowment

Funding from The California Endowment assisted with development of the tools, resources and capacity to further develop our Wellness Through Life’s End two-hour training program in Spanish for Latino caregivers. In Fall, 2008 Journey Project Latino Program Co-Directors presented the pilot training program Bienestar A Traves del Final de la Vida, Encontrando Nuestro Camino to more than 30 Latino caregivers as a result. Work is underway, doing what is needed to continue this program created with ... Read More

The California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. CHCF works to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. CHCF has been a major supporter for the advance care planning, palliative care and mental health ... Read More

Time to address the need to improve end of life care by Susan Keller

Susan Keller, Executive Director of the Community Network, wrote this piece at the request of the Press Democrat for the Close to Home feature in the Sunday edition. The aim was to help inform the community given all the rhetoric at the national level about "death panels" with regards to national health care reform. This essay was published online Sept 19, 2009 and in the Sunday print edition Sept 20, 2009. Includes photo of Susan Keller. Visit Time to address the need to improve end of life care ... Read More