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Hospice Giving Foundation presents a tribute to Peter and Barbara Blackstock

Will you be able to say you lived the life you wanted?

Before I Die - Josefina, credit: Andrew George

Are you living the kind of life you want?

“Right Before I Die,” an exhibit that opened last month at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles encourages people to ask themselves that question. It gives everyone a chance to experience something that we all will eventually — death.

"Best Care Possible" brings local hospice and palliative care leaders together

Siobhan and Ira at Best Care Possible workshop

On June 16, over 120 physicians, clinicians, and faith leaders attended the Hospice Giving Foundation workshop “The Best Care Possible.” This workshop helped frame the importance of collaborating and working together – across disciplines – to improve the quality of end-of-life care.

“A Quality Life” Podcast: Palliative care helps patients live full lives

The premier season of the podcast “A Quality Life” features real stories of seriously ill patients whose lives improved once they began to receive palliative care.

How do YOU fill in the blank? “Before I die, I want to ___________”

Before I Die Savannah by Trevor Coe

Artist Candy Chang needed an outlet after experiencing the death of someone close to her. Chang got permission to create an interactive wall which featured the prompt “Before I die, I want to______.” Chang and her neighbors used the wall to reflect on their lives and share their aspirations before they die.

Message from the CEO

Compassion Connects Us

Serious illness changes everything. The changes come in waves – some hit right away, and some roll over us more slowly.  When the waves come, we look for the right mix of care, nurturing, and dignity. When the waves come, our compassion connects us.

Staff Member Spotlight

Meet Vicki Engman-Rossman
Hospice Giving Foundation

Vicki comes to Hospice Giving Foundation with extensive experience in high-level administrative functions. Vicki oversees and manages a wide-range of daily operations and office management functions providing executive support to the CEO, board, and development department. She is a certified Wedding & Event Planner, has a Project Management certificate from George Washington University, and is a trained mediator.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Laurel Krzeminski

Ms. Krzeminski is the Chief Financial Officer and a Senior Vice President of Granite Construction Incorporated. Granite is a heavy civil contractor and construction materials company and is traded on the NYSE. Granite has offices throughout the United States and also does business in Canada and Guam. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce. Born and raised in southern California, Ms. Krzeminski is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BS in Business Administration – Accounting.

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Catherine Hambley, Ph.D.

Catherine was born and raised in Canada, then moved to California in her early twenties. She began her career as a nurse, then returned to school for a Ph.D. in psychology and had a private clinical practice in Monterey for over 15 years.  Currently, she works as a consulting psychologist with a focus on translating brain science into helping create meaningful and lasting change for leaders and organizations. As principal at Leapfrog Consulting, she does the majority of her work locally.  She believes in giving back to the community – she volunteers and has sat on several boards.

Announcing Notes to My Family Online

How do we best honor a life? Often it begins with a conversation, one that includes listening, patience, understanding, and acceptance. Sometimes it requires courage. Such essential conversations can be difficult, but are so valuable. Sharing your wishes with those you love brings everyone closer, and creates comfort through understanding.

An important part of the process is writing down your plans and organizing your personal information. To help, we offer Notes to Your Family, so that your planning can reflect thoughtful and meaningful decisions that allow others to honor your wishes.

In this brief video, Barrie Fiske shares her family’s journey through end-of-life planning for her mother, her father, and, looking ahead, for herself. With compassion and common sense, she helps us understand the value of thinking and talking through these important decisions.

After you watch Barrie, or any of our other videos, we invite you to download your copy of Notes to My Family. It’s easy and free of charge. Simply enter your email address, accept the terms of use, and begin.


Annual Symposium for End of Life Care: Understanding the End of Life Option Act

November 12, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Hyatt Regency Monterey - Conference Center

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Morning Session: 8:30 AM (1/2 day) is open to the public

All Day Session: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (is required to obtain CEU credits)

Learning Objectives:

Life After Loss: Creating Space for Grieving Millennials

October 21, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Tonkin House, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula - 3940 Scenic Dr., Pebble Beach CA

A Workshop for Clinicians & End of Life Professionals

Join us for a workshop exploring the principles and how-to's for creating peer-to-peer spaces for grieving millennials. Lean about surprising insights around what 20- and 30-somethings are and are not looking from in navigating loss and life after, based on data collected from thousands of Dinner Party participants worldwide. Together we invite you to step inside The Dinner Party process, and discover insights and practices you can bring back to your own communities.


Hospice Giving Foundation Public Forum for End of Life Care: Managing Conflict/Finding Meaning -Supporting Families at Life's End

August 16, 2016 - 11:30am to 2:00pm
Community Justice Center, 2620 Colonel Durham Street, Seaside, CA 93955

This program addresses methods, strategies and practices that can be used to provide psycho-social and other support to terminally-ill patients, their families and close networks as they cope with impending death. Particular emphasis will be placed on how to manage sources of conflict that often emerge near life’s end, as well as how to help individuals and families find meaning at life’s end.

Featured Supporters

  • Ireland Family Trust
  • Estate of Laurel Dorothy Schumann
  • Jean Duff
  • Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
  • Tanimura and Antle
  • Rabobank
  • Exclusive Resorts
  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
  • Chevron
  • Ruth Ann Rosenberg
  • Sand Dollar Charitable Foundation
  • Community Foundation for Monterey County

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