We support and educate dying persons, their families, and the community.

Our Mission

Inform the community on end-of-life issues by sharing stories, experiences, and knowledge

Promote awareness of choices in end-of-life and deathcare by:

  • Offering non-medical support as a supplement to conventional healthcare

  • Connecting to practical services, emotional and spiritual support, and alternative therapies

I learned about a lot of things in medical school, but mortality wasn’t one of them. Although I was given a dry, leathery corpse to dissect in my first term, that was solely a way to learn about human anatomy. Our textbooks had almost nothing on aging or frailty or dying. How the process unfolds, how people experience the end of their lives, and how it affects those around them seemed beside the point. The way we saw it, and the way our professors saw it, the purpose of medical schooling was to teach how to save lives, not how to tend to their demise.
— Atul Gawande, Being Mortal


When someone in our culture is faced with advanced aging or a terminal illness, their own or that of a loved one, they are usually confronted with important decisions around healthcare. Often, we are so focused on medical issues that we don't think about other aspects of the dying process. Also, unfortunately, our collective fear of death leaves us completely unprepared and prevents us from encountering the reality openly. We may try to maintain a sense of normalcy and may not ever openly discuss the things that are most important: our relationships, our legacy, how we want to die... And too often, in an effort to do everything possible to preserve life, people end up in situations that are not at all what they would have chosen had they consciously faced the prospects earlier and made their wishes clearly known.