Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live

The Final Crossing: Learning to Die in Order to Live is a new book by Dr. Scott Eberle, Medical Director, Hospice of Petaluma. “This book is itself a rite of passage. Extraordinary insights shared by two remarkable people, one dying, the other the inner life and decisions of the physician and friend attending this fine fellow preparing to head into death. This is the best work of its sort I have come across. There are so many levels, so many books in this book that it might well become a teaching ... Read More

Franciscan Medical Group’s Improving Care through the End of Life

Franciscan’s Improving Care through the End of Life program helps people live the end of their lives as fully as possible. By integrating palliative care (pain and symptom management) with education, reliable support, and links to a broad range of community and health care resources, they reach out to make sure the needs and desires of patients and their loved ones are heard, supported, and met. Visit Franciscan Medical Group's Improving Care through the End of Life ... Read More

Get Palliative Care

This consumer website is built and operated by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the leader in the field of palliative care. The Get Palliative Care website is user friendly and full of great resources, articles & stories, videos, handouts, provider directory, news and other helpful materials. This is a great starting point for anyone facing serious illness striving to have the best possible care focused on relief of symptoms and improving quality of life. ... Read More

Get Palliative Care (Consumer Ed Site)

“Palliative care is about the caring catching up with the technology,” a family member writes. The purpose of palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients facing any serious illness, as well as for their families. Get Palliative Care is the work of pioneers and leaders in the field. Get PC is specifically designed to help consumers learn about palliative care - what it is, how to get it, if it is right for you or your loved one. There you can access palliative ... Read More

Health Care Decisions Aids

At this link you can find Health Care Decision Aids specific to: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Artificial Hydration, Tube Feeding, and Ventilator published by the Coalition for Compassionate Care of CA. These helpful booklets explain the complex topics of life-sustaining treatments in consumer-friendly language with neutral, evidence-based information. During the COVID Crisis digital versions of these guides can be downloaded and printed at no charge in English, Spanish and Chinese. Scroll ... Read More

Heartland Hospice

The mission of Heartland Hospice is to provide specialized care that meets the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and loved ones facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced by encouraging personal choices, supporting meaningful experiences and preserving dignity. Our staff is actively involved in all aspects of the patient’s care. We collaborate with the patient, family, attending physician, and facility staff (if patient is ... Read More

Helpful Video Clips

As part of the clinicians and peer support workers training, we created an annotated listing of YouTube and other web videos that are helpful for people wanting to learn more about advance care planning, palliative care, psychiatric advance directives, having difficult conversations and other such topics. This Video Resources Paper with hotlinks to these web-based resources can be downloaded here. Video Resources ... Read More

Hold Your Breath – A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine

Hold Your Breath - A Journey into Cross-Cultural Medicine Film Directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen, MD Check PBS for local broadcasting times in your region. Northern CA KQED and KRCB broadcasting in April, 2007. A lovely and moving meditation on the clash between religion, culture and modern medicine. Produced by Stanford Center for BioMedical Ethics, Program in Bioethics and Film Dr. Monsen is the film maker who also produced: Vanishing Line about her journey with a hospice chaplain caring for ... Read More

Hospice By The Bay

Hospice By The Bay, formerly known as Hospice of Marin, is an independent, Medicare and Medi-Cal certified not-for-profit healthcare provider diligently attending to essential physical, spiritual and psychological needs of adults and children who are coping with various stages of progressive and incurable illness in Marin and Sonoma counties. For nearly three decades, Hospice By The Bay’s goal has been to help terminally ill patients and their loved ones make the most of every remaining moment ... Read More