Christel Lukoff, MSW, Ph.D. (Storyteller)

Christel Lukoff, MSW, Ph.D. 707- 763-3504 Petaluma, CA Psychotherapist and hospice social worker Christel Lukoff shares traditional folktales that metaphorically express many of the feelings and issues encountered in grief. The stories remind us of the healing power of memories and of ways to find an ongoing relationship with a loved one who has died. Christel’s commentaries deepen and transform our understanding of grief and remind us how love and loss are interwoven. To order CDs from ... Read More

Commonweal

Commonweal is a small twenty-seven-year-old health and environmental research institute in the Point Reyes National Seashore outside the coastal town of Bolinas, California. Our principal areas of work are with (1) people with cancer and health professionals who work with people with life-threatening illnesses; (2) children and young adults with learning and social difficulties, and the childcare professionals who work with them; and (3) the global search for a healthy and sustainable future. Visit ... Read More

Compassion and Choices

Compassion & Choices is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving care and expanding choice at the end of life. They provide free client services to the terminally ill and do legal advocacy through the courts and legislatures. They inform and educate the public through the media and other outreach programs.

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Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject

A gressroots project to improve end of life care, this film sheds light on the 21st century American struggle with communication and preparation at the end-of-life. Throughout the film, there are intimate accounts of the emotional, spiritual, physical and social burdens associated with the historical shift that has occurred with dying. Forty years ago, most people experienced a quick death, but today we are more likely to suffer a slow, incremental dying process. Consider the Conversation examines ... Read More

Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care

For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians. This research has helped policymakers, the media, health care analysts and others improve their understanding of our health care system and forms the foundation for many of the ... Read More

Educating Physicians in End of Life Care

The EPEC training is easily accessible on line or to bring into the community as a credentialed workshop program. The EPEC mission is to educate all healthcare professionals on the essential clinical competencies in palliative care. The EOLCA co-sponsored an EPEC training for the Sonoma County region in 2001 and 2003 with more than 100 physicians and many other health care professionals taking the two day in-depth training. All EPEC materials including CD Rom, Trainors Manual and Plenary video tapes ... Read More

Fast Facts (from End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center)

Fast Facts services of the End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC) provides peer reviewed, one-page outlines of key information on important end-of-life clinical topics for end-of-life educators and clinicians. Categories include: clinical interventions, communications, disease categories, ethics, non-pain symptoms/disorders/syndromes, pain, terminal care/ patient’s – family experience. Requires that you register and login, but it is free. Also provides online community of ... Read More

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 (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