*VIRTUAL* Death Cafe (with Coastside Adult Day Health Center)

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register to receive the meeting login info prior to the event. ***** At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death […]

Death Cafe, Mountain View (with Rose Kleiner Center)

At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Cafe (with Seniors at Home)

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register to receive the meeting login info prior to the event. ***** At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death […]

Death Cafe, En Espanol (with Fair Oaks Activity Center)

At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

CANCELED: Death Cafe, San Mateo (with Seniors at Home)

In response to COVID-19, this event has been canceled. Please check our calendar for future Death Cafe dates. ***** At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Cafe

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register to receive the meeting login info prior to the event. ***** At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death […]

2020 Author Series: Jessica Zitter, MD, Extreme Measures

Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief: Jessica Zitter, MD, Extreme Measures Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human. Dr. Jessica […]

SOLD OUT! 2020 Author Series: BJ Miller, MD, A Beginner’s Guide to the End

Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief: BJ Miller, MD, A Beginner's Guide to the End Leading hospice and palliative care physician BJ Miller – with coauthor Shoshana Berger – has put together a gentle, practical, detail-oriented plan that includes navigating the healthcare […]

*VIRTUAL* 2020 Author Series: Gabrielle Jimenez, LVN, Soft Landing

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief: Gabrielle Jimenez, LVN, Soft Landing In her […]

*VIRTUAL* 2020 Author Series: Louise Aronson, MD, Elderhood

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief: Louise Aronson, MD, Elderhood Elderhood will transform […]

*VIRTUAL* 2020 Author Series: Lucy Kalanithi, MD, When Breath Becomes Air

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of readings and discussions by leading writers about end of life, dying, and grief: Lucy Kalanithi, MD, When Breath Becomes Air […]

*VIRTUAL* Movies@Mission Hospice: Young at Heart

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of films about how we live and die: Young at Heart With an average age of 81, the Young@Heart Chorus performs […]

*VIRTUAL* Movies@Mission Hospice: Into the Night

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of films about how we live and die: Into the Night This fascinating film features a range of individuals: old and […]

*VIRTUAL* Movies@Mission Hospice: The Nurse with the Purple Hair

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** Part of our FREE series of films about how we live and die: The Nurse with the Purple Hair This heartwarming, hopeful documentary by filmmaker Sean […]

Mission Hospice Auxiliary Fall Gala: Diamonds and Denim

Our biggest party of the year! Diamonds and Denim promises to be a fun-filled evening with dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to Matt Applin and the Midnite Band. Tickets are $150/person to benefit the Hospice House Campaign. Purchase your tickets online, or call 650.554.1000.  

41st Anniversary Celebration

Tickets are on sale now for our 41st anniversary celebration, where we honor the volunteers, donors, staff, and community partners of Mission Hospice & Home Care. Sunday, January 26, 2-5pm Peninsula Golf & Country Club, San Mateo For more information, please call 650.554.1000.  

Light Up a Life Remembrance Ceremony

Our annual remembrance service: a time to remember, reflect, and celebrate our loved ones. You are encouraged to bring a photo or memento of your loved one to place on the altar before the ceremony. Families and children welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 650.554.1000.  

Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

Join us for the annual Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club to benefit Mission Hospice. The lively evening will include a delicious Italian dinner, dancing, and a special appearance by Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella.

*VIRTUAL* Mission Hospice Auxiliary Fall Gala

Save the date for our biggest party of the year! The Mission Hospice Auxiliary's 2020 Fall Gala is going virtual! For more information, please call 650.554.1000.

Mission Hospice Auxiliary Bridge Day & Luncheon

The Mission Hospice Auxiliary presents its 23rd annual Bridge Day & Luncheon. Friday, February 14, 9:30am Peninsula Golf & Country Club, San Mateo Tournament or party bridge, plus luncheon. $80 entry benefits Mission Hospice. For information, call Cathy McDermott at 650.554.1000.  

Mission Hospice Auxiliary Fall Gala: Diamonds and Denim

Our biggest party of the year! Diamonds and Denim promises to be a fun-filled evening with dinner, silent and live auctions, and dancing to Matt Applin and the Midnite Band. Tickets are $150/person to benefit the Hospice House Campaign. Purchase your tickets online, or call 650.554.1000.  

41st Anniversary Celebration

Tickets are on sale now for our 41st anniversary celebration, where we honor the volunteers, donors, staff, and community partners of Mission Hospice & Home Care. Sunday, January 26, 2-5pm Peninsula Golf & Country Club, San Mateo For more information, please call 650.554.1000.  

Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club

Join us for the annual Columbus Day Celebration at the Peninsula Italian American Social Club to benefit Mission Hospice. The lively evening will include a delicious Italian dinner, dancing, and a special appearance by Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella.

*VIRTUAL* Mission Hospice Auxiliary Fall Gala

Save the date for our biggest party of the year! The Mission Hospice Auxiliary's 2020 Fall Gala is going virtual! For more information, please call 650.554.1000.

Light Up a Life Remembrance Ceremony

Our annual remembrance service: a time to remember, reflect, and celebrate our loved ones. You are encouraged to bring a photo or memento of your loved one to place on the altar before the ceremony. Families and children welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 650.554.1000.  

Mission Hospice Auxiliary Bridge Day & Luncheon

The Mission Hospice Auxiliary presents its 23rd annual Bridge Day & Luncheon. Friday, February 14, 9:30am Peninsula Golf & Country Club, San Mateo Tournament or party bridge, plus luncheon. $80 entry benefits Mission Hospice. For information, call Cathy McDermott at 650.554.1000.  

Recurring Event New Volunteer Information Meetings

New Volunteer Information Meetings

Mission Hospice Peninsula Office 66 Bovet Rd., San Mateo, CA

Interested in volunteering with our patients? Here’s your chance to find out more and sign up for our February-March 2017 training. No RSVP is needed. If you have questions, please contact Volunteer Services Co-Director Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

Recurring Event New Volunteer Training Sessions

New Volunteer Training Sessions

Mission Hospice Peninsula Office 66 Bovet Rd., San Mateo, CA

Saturdays, October 7, 14, 21 & 28 (9:30am–3pm) and Thursdays, October 19 & 26, 2017 (6–8pm) These training sessions will prepare you for being a Direct Care volunteer for our patients. To apply and register, contact Volunteer Services Co-Director Craig Schroeder at 650.532.2323 or by email.

Dying to Know II: Discussing Death

Mission Hospice & Home Care and the PJCC invite you to engage in a facilitated group “die”-alog. Share in a collective conversation about what it means to us to live well until we die, and what it would look like to die well, as we come together in community to consider mortality and the end […]

Palliative Care: A Pathway for Being with Those with Dementia

Explore how palliative care, which focuses on reducing suffering for those with serious illness, can maximize quality of life for your loved one with dementia and for family members. Learn how to navigate health care choices and advocate for your loved one through changes in health and cognitive ability. Sponsored by Seniors at Home, a […]

Dying to Know II: Discussing Death

Mission Hospice & Home Care and the PJCC invite you to engage in a facilitated group “die”-alog. Share in a collective conversation about what it means to us to live well until we die, and what it would look like to die well, as we come together in community to consider mortality and the end […]

Palliative Care: A Pathway for Being with Those with Dementia

Explore how palliative care, which focuses on reducing suffering for those with serious illness, can maximize quality of life for your loved one with dementia and for family members. Learn how to navigate health care choices and advocate for your loved one through changes in health and cognitive ability. Sponsored by Seniors at Home, a […]

*VIRTUAL* Season of Remembrance: Interfaith Memorial Service

In response to COVID-19, this event will be held virtually. Please register at least 60 minutes in advance to receive the login info needed to join the event. ***** In this season of remembrance, we remember our mothers, all those on Memorial Day who have given up their lives for our country, our fathers and […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people – often strangers – gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to sha At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Hank Dunn, Hard Choices for Loving People

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Part of our FREE series of readings, workshops, and discussions to help explore what it means to live and die well. Hank Dunn, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures, and the Patient with a Serious Illness Many people say, “I want to die peacefully in my sleep at home,” […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* End-of-Life Care in the Age of COVID, with Barbara Karnes, RN

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Barbara Karnes, RN, has been providing clear, easy to understand, and wonderfully insightful information about the dying process, end-of-life care, and how to navigate the needs of the dying for more than 30 years. Now she is talking with people and organizations around the country about providing this same kind of care in the age […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Charles Fontenot, In Search of My Soul

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Part of our FREE series of readings, workshops, and discussions to help explore what it means to live and die well. Charles M. Fontenot, In Search Of My Soul: just looking for me. A father's collection of poems, coming full circle from grieving loss to truly celebrating life. The honesty and vulnerability of Chuck's writing […]

*VIRTUAL* Understanding Complicated Grief with Dr. Katherine Shear

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Founder of Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief, Dr. Katherine Shear will lead this workshop about complicated grief for community members and professionals. A natural response to loss, grief is complex, varying, and multifaceted. While everyone grieves in their own way, for most people, grief diminishes as they as find ways to accept the death […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café with Bay Area Cancer Connections

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Movies@Mission Hospice: Departures

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Part of our FREE series of films about how we live and die. Departures Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Departures follows a young man who returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across work as a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. He is subjected to prejudice from […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Exploring Endings with Frank Ostaseski

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"Tenderly, I now touch all things, knowing one day we will part" - St. John of the Cross How do you meet endings in life? Do you go unconscious around them? Maybe endings are very emotional for you? Do you wait for others to acknowledge the end, or do you jump the gun? Most of […]

*VIRTUAL* Drop-in Support Group – Thursday Afternoons

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This weekly *virtual* drop-in Bereavement Support Group is offered by video/phone, free of charge. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients and all bereaved individuals living in the the San Mateo and Santa Clara County area. Please contact facilitator Isabel Stenzel, LCSW by email for more information.

*VIRTUAL* Death Café with Coastside Adult Day Health Center

At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café with Seniors at Home

At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Winter Solstice Sound Bath

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To commemorate the first day of winter, and the return of the light, Mission Hospice invites you to join us for some music to warm the heart. We are grateful to offer music from our Mission Hospice community, and our dear friends at The Peninsula Threshold Choir. Please note that this will not be a […]

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people – often strangers – gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment…with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

Conversation with Ken Ross: How it all began

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Our first Community Conversation of 2021 will take us back to the beginnings of the hospice movement, and the work done by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross to change the way people die in the US. Ken Ross, son of Dr. Kübler-Ross, will present on his mother’s work and legacy. Growing up, he accompanied his mother on […]

*VIRTUAL* Redefining Hope at the End of Life

Many health care professionals and laypeople equate hope at the end of life with hope for a cure, and some physicians don’t discuss end-of-life care for fear patients will lose hope. But hospice and palliative care providers can help guide patients and their families to redefine what hope means at the end of life. Psychology […]

NEW DATE: *VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #1: Don’t Wait

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Claire Willis, Opening to Grief

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All of us, at some time, experience heartbreaking loss. Alone, shocked, and confused, we are no longer tethered to the life we had, and do not yet recognize a new landscape for our days. Opening to Grief: Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace is a guide to this tender time. With the demeanor and […]

*VIRTUAL* Spiritual and Emotional Concerns at the End of Life, Hank Dunn

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In his many years as a chaplain in a nursing home, a hospital, and with hospice, Hank has learned valuable lessons about living while navigating a serious illness. As difficult as it can be, what seems most important is to live each day as fully as possible. He has seen people live a life of […]

*VIRTUAL* Take Charge! Two-part Advance Care Planning workshop

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Take Charge! Advance Care Planning 2-part workshop What matters most to you? If you were facing serious illness, what kind of care would you want? If you couldn’t speak for yourself, who would? Taking charge of your future care can bring peace of mind -- to you and your loved ones -- and is especially […]

*VIRTUAL* Symbolic Language at the End of Life, Wilka Roig

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In our progression through grief and toward the end of life, dreams, visions, and the symbolic therein reveal what needs to be explored, considered, tended to, and healed. Understanding and identifying symbolic language can help guide us through the end-of-life process. As human beings who go experience loss, let us reclaim our capacity to abide […]

*VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #2: Welcome Everything

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Dale Larson, PhD, The Helper’s Journey

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The power of empathy and compassion is revolutionizing our approach to person-centered counseling and caregiving. Drawing from the field of positive psychology, The Helper's Journey explores the brighter side of human nature and helping. Real-world caregiver experience in hospice and palliative care, oncology, and counseling bring to light fresh perspectives. Dale G. Larson (BA, University […]

*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Dr. BJ Miller and Ladybird Morgan, RN

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BJ Miller, MD, is co-founder of Mettle Health, a company that provides personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability. In today's talk, he will explain how Mettle Health supports patients and why he chose this path. BJ […]

Recurring Event *VIRTUAL* Grief Book Club

*VIRTUAL* Grief Book Club

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This free *virtual* monthly book club (2nd Wednesday of the month, October 14, 2020 - March 10, 2021) is for those who like to read and discuss how stories relate to their own grief experience. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients and all bereaved individuals living in the the San […]

Recurring Event *VIRTUAL* LGBTQ+ Support Group

*VIRTUAL* LGBTQ+ Support Group

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People in the LGBTQ+ community who have lost a loved one often have unique aspects of their grief experience. Sharing grief with others who understand the LGBTQ+ perspective can help them feel less alone. This free *virtual* eight-week support group (Tuesdays, January 20 – March 10, 5-6:30pm), co-sponsored by the San Mateo County Pride Center, […]

*VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #3: Bring Your Whole Self

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* End-of-Life Care and Letting Go, Teepa Snow

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This workshop will teach us how to recognize a person’s progression into the final stages of dementia and provide the best care using Teepa Snow’s hands-on, disease-level appropriate techniques. In this two-hour training program, Teepa explains how to connect with someone living with late stage dementia, how to recognize and manage pain, and how to […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Barbara Karnes, RN, Gone From My Sight

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We are excited to welcome back Barbara Karnes, RN, who will be reading to us from an assortment of her books geared to support those navigating end-of-life issues, care, experiences. Barbara has the unique ability to take difficult and complex information, and make it readily available for any audience. Barbara Karnes is an award-winning hospice […]

*VIRTUAL* Hospice and Palliative Care 101

What is the difference between hospice and palliative care? What is the right choice for a situation? When and how can you get a Palliative care consultation? Our expert speakers will address these and other questions during this seminar co-sponsored by Seniors at Home. Gwen Harris, MSW, Director of the Palliative Care program at Seniors […]

*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Barbara Karnes & Gabby Jimenez: Navigating End-of-Life Care

Barbara Karnes' work over the last 30 years as a hospice nurse and end-of-life educator has made the world a better place. Her "little blue book" is a staple for any hospice program. Her ability to translate complicated information into simple and easy to understand language has been essential to those receiving hospice care. Gabby […]

*VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #4: Find a Place of Rest

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Mirabai Bush, Walking Each Other Home

In Walking Each Other Home, Mirabai Bush and Ram Dass explore the ways in which we can be present with dying, and help ourselves and others leave this world consciously. Through masterful storytelling and practical guidance, these two teachers offer an intimate, thoughtful, and uplifting exploration of the greatest of human mysteries — and show […]

*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD: Death is But a Dream

Death Is But a Dream validates the meaningful dreams and visions that bring comfort as death nears, and it is an important contribution to our understanding of medicine's and humanity's greatest mystery. Dr. Christopher Kerr’s work as the CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Hospice of Buffalo has allowed him a close-up view of this […]

*VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #5: Cultivate Don’t Know Mind

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Renshin Bunce, Love & Fear, Stories from a Hospice Chaplain

Renshin Bunce is a Zen Buddhist priest who works as a chaplain at Mission Hospice. Through a series of stories about people she has met, we see that every death is different and that there are no universal rules or easy answers in hospice care. These stories show what's possible, allowing the reader to learn […]

*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Christina Irving, LCSW: Caregiving 101

The goal of this class is to identify what a caregiver is, the importance of being identified as a caregiver, and to provide the participant with an understanding of the impact they potentially have on the care of their loved ones and themselves. Christina Irving, LSCW, is the Director of Client Services at Family Caregiver […]

*VIRTUAL* The Five Invitations, discussion #6: Closing Review

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This study group, based on Frank Ostaseski’s The Five Invitations will be a facilitated exploration of what death can teach us about living fully. Each month we will discuss one of the Invitations, with the expectation that participants will have read that chapter before joining us. The sixth month will be a closing discussion with […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Elizabeth Boatwright, The Last Things We Talk About

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The Last Things We Talk About gives readers and their loved ones the opportunity as death approaches to affirm, celebrate, and remember the people and experiences they cherish in life. Libby Boatwright guides families step-by-step through the process of making aging and death-related decisions. This includes defining personal values and wishes, as well as planning […]

*VIRTUAL* Conversation with Connie Borden, NP: Body Movement to Enhance Caregiving

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Connie Borden has worked professionally as a Nurse Practitioner in hospice and palliative care for 26 years. She is also a 4th Dan Shintaido Instructor with 35 years of study and teaching. She has presented body movement techniques at CHAPCA (CA Hospice & Palliative Care Association) and NHPCO (National Hospice & Palliative Care Org), as […]

*VIRTUAL* Hospice 101 – Everything You Need to Know About End-of-Life Care

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Hospice has been part of the medical system in the US since the mid 1970s, yet there is still so much misinformation and misunderstanding about hospice and its role in providing the best possible care at end of life. Join us for this free online class to debunk the myths about hospice and have your […]

CANCELED: *VIRTUAL* Death Café

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*The Sept. 7 Death Cafe is canceled. Please join us for the next Death Cafe on Sept. 14.* At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe […]

*VIRTUAL* Take Charge! Tips for Advance Care Planning

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What matters most to you? If you were facing serious illness, what kind of care would you want? If you couldn’t speak for yourself, who would? Taking charge of your future care can bring peace of mind – to you and your loved ones. Bring a friend or family member to this virtual workshop on […]

*VIRTUAL* Author Talk: Gabby Jimenez, At the Bedside

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This book invites you into the heart of a hospice nurse and end-of-life doula. For every patient visit, she brings with her a collection of tools that she has acquired over the years, hoping to ensure that someone who is dying finds peace and comfort. What she soon realized, was that when she left at […]

Recurring Event *VIRTUAL* Death Café

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, people - often strangers - gather to drink tea, enjoy snacks, and discuss death. Death Café offers everyone a chance to share ideas, opinions, and questions about death in a supportive and safe environment...with tea and snacks. There is no agenda. This is a discussion group, not a grief support or […]

*VIRTUAL* Jon Seskevich, RN: Navigating Uncertainty for Professional and Family Caregivers

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For many, 2020-2021 will be remembered as one of the most uncertain times in our lives. For family and professional caregivers, our capacity to navigate and sustain us through uncertainty was pushed to our limits. Jon Seskevich RN, BSN, BA, CHTP is a certified stress management instructor and healing touch practitioner. Since 1987, this pioneer […]

*VIRTUAL* Spouse/Partner Loss Support Group

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This free *virtual* eight-week support group for adults (Tuesdays, Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, 11am-12:30pm) offers a safe, supportive place to share your thoughts and feelings with others who have experienced the loss of a spouse/partner. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients and all bereaved individuals living in the the […]

Recurring Event *VIRTUAL* Suicide Loss Support Group

*VIRTUAL* Suicide Loss Support Group

This free *virtual* biweekly support group (1st and 3rd Thursday evenings) is for adults grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area. Please contact Christine Kovach, LCSW by email for more […]

Recurring Event *VIRTUAL* Death Café

*VIRTUAL* Death Café

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At a Death Café, anyone can participate! We gather in a virtual environment, to openly and tenderly talk about death and dying. The conversation is facilitated and is a completely open and safe space to share your experiences, feelings, thoughts, and ideas on any topic related to death and dying. There is no set agenda. […]

*VIRTUAL* Drop-in Support Group for Spouse/Partner Loss – 2nd/4th Saturday Mornings

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This biweekly *virtual* drop-in Bereavement Support Group focused on spouse/partner loss is offered by video/phone, free of charge. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area. Please contact Christine Kovach, LCSW by email for more information.

*VIRTUAL* Drop-in Support Group – Tuesday Evenings

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This weekly *virtual* drop-in Bereavement Support Group is offered by video/phone, free of charge. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area. Please contact facilitator Christine Kovach, LCSW by email for more information.

*VIRTUAL* Drop-in Support Group – Thursday Afternoons

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This weekly *virtual* drop-in Bereavement Support Group is offered by video/phone, free of charge. It's open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area. Please contact Christine Kovach, LCSW by email for more information.

*VIRTUAL* Drop-in Support Group – 1st/3rd/5th Saturday Mornings

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This biweekly *virtual* drop-in Bereavement Support Group is offered by video/phone, free of charge. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients, and to all bereaved individuals living in Mission Hospice’s geographical service area.  Please contact Christine Kovach, LCSW by email for more information.

*VIRTUAL* Coping with the Holidays Support Group

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This free *virtual* nine-week support group (Monday evenings, November 15, 2021 - January 10, 2022) will help grieving adults manage the holiday season. This group is open to family members of Mission Hospice patients and all bereaved individuals living in the the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. Please contact facilitator Isabel Stenzel, LCSW by […]

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