Annotated Bibliography: The Irises at Sea Ranch and Iris Commons at Gualala Project Development Models and Supporting Research

©2004, 14 pages. This annotated bibliography was prepared from materials contained in the Community Network Journey Project Research Collection including the Senior Residential Care Council archives, which is housed in Santa Rosa and accessible by appointment. Materials referenced herein support the development of senior supported independent housing and community-based long-term care programs. Order information: $7.50 printing, postage and handling. Prepaid orders only please. Mail your ... Read More

Community Network for Appropriate Technologies

Overview The Community Network for Appropriate Technologies was incorporated in 1978 as a federally recognized nonprofit, tax-exempt educational and charitable organization. Susan Keller, Executive Director and Principal Planner, founded the Community Network based on principles which she developed and employed in the Midwest while facilitating creation of a nationally prominent library council. The general focus of our work is the development of cooperative working relationships within individual ... Read More

Dying At Home: Guidelines & Resources

This three hour workshop teaches participants about the actual dying process, how to prepare, and what to expect as life comes to an end. Upon completion of this workshop, participants should understand: (1) what “dying well” means including stories of value; (2) the importance of being truly present for the dying; (3) signs, symptoms and care giving strategies for a person in the end stage of life; and (4) existing resources and how to access.

End of Life Issues Program Orientation Binder

This workbook is the workbook all students receive when doing the 9 hour end of life issues training we did annually each summer for the Sonoma County In Home Support Servics Public Authority. This series was done by Susan Keller and Journey Project volunteers as a fundraiser for the Journey Project from 2004 through 2009. The series of three 3 hour workshops was designed for caregivers caring for someone currently or soon to be living through the ending of life. Contact Journey Project for more ... Read More

Handbook for Creating Home Funerals

Handbook for Creating Home Funerals was created in 1999 by the Community Network Natural Death Care Project. Jerri Lyons and Janelle Melvin co-authored this work assisted by Susan Keller prior to the Natural Death Care Project becoming a new nonprofit called “Final Passages.” This handbook is based on the authors’ personal experience helping hundreds of families choosing to do a home funeral. The handbook is a step-by-step guide for how to create and carry out a family-run funeral in the ... Read More

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

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

Wellness in End-of-Life Care: Where we are and Where we want to be

A day-long symposium sponsored by the Community Network for Appropriate Technologies and the Staff Nurses Union. Windsor Country Club, Windsor. May, 1999. Tapes available are each approximately 1.5 hrs in length with the complete set including: Wellness At Life’s End (Susan Keller) Work vs. Job: Care of the Soul for the Caregiver (Scott Eberle, M.D.) The Healing Relationship: A Paradigm Shift (Andrew Wagner, M.D.) Contact Journey Project for ordering information. ... Read More

Wellness Through Life’s End

This three hour workshop provides guidance for people interested to improve quality of care and life for the frail and dying. Upon workshop completion, participants will understand: (1) the importance of caring for the whole person not just the disease; (2) the nature and benefits of palliative (comfort) care including hospice; (3) how to clarify and achieve end-of-life care consistent with patient values and wishes; and (4) resources of value and how to use/access.