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Top 7 Myths about Hospice Care

There are a number of misconceptions about hospice care. Here are some of the top myths-- along with the facts.

Hospice Giving Foundation events create spaces for grieving millennials

The Dinner Party

Millennials have a unique set of needs as they deal with the death of someone close to them. This year, Hospice Giving Foundation held three events focusing on how to help millennials cope with loss— The Dinner Party, the Gratitude Luncheon, and the Life after Loss workshop.

3 C’s to Cope with Grief During the Holidays

After the loss of a loved one, the once joyous holidays can be a source of pain and sadness. Traditions and festivities that used to be fun can remind you that someone is no longer here to celebrate. Even with friends and family around, it’s common to feel lonely.

To help make the holidays easier, the Hospice Foundation of America recommends “3 C’s to Cope with Holiday Grief.”

Helping millennials cope with loss

On October 19, a small group of people gathered to share a meal at Gardener Ranch in Carmel Valley and talk about life after the loss at The Dinner Party.

The Dinner Party is an organization that creates a space for grieving millennials to connect with each other over a shared meal. Read on for the interview with the co-founders Carla and Lennon.

Hospice Giving Foundation presents a tribute to Peter and Barbara Blackstock

Board Member Spotlight

Meet Nanci Markey
Nanci Markey, Hospice Giving Foundation

Nanci Markey was born in Columbus Ohio. She attended Ohio State University and business classes at UCLA after relocating to California. Nanci had a 30 year career in high-end retail which began when as a high school sophomore she was selected for a work study program at a local department store where she worked through college. For the next several years she worked in special events, part owner in a fabric store and a buyer. In Los Angeles she worked for J.W.

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 Nikki Rossi
Hospice Giving Foundation

Nikki brings considerable organizational and event planning/production skills to the Hospice Giving Foundation team. She provides broad support to the office overseeing computer applications, facilitating gift management and processing, assisting with special events, and ensuring professional communication with constituents whether over the phone or in person. She has a bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University in Marketing. Nikki also owned and operated an online virtual store designing and customizing, high-end invitations and marketing materials.

Caregiver Spotlight

Meet Maryam Finnigan
Maryam Finnigan

"Life is enjoyable, while death is peaceful. I believe that there is a time to support life, and there is another time to support death and there is nothing wrong with either."

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.


Coping with Grief During the Holidays

A couple walking by lake with dogs
November 5, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Shoreline Community Church Parkside Room 2500 Garden Road Monterey, CA

A Free Workshop for all Family Members


  • Elaine Cashman, LCSW, Grief Support Intern Manager, Hospice of Santa Cruz
  • Mick Erickson, Hospice Chaplain, Grief Counselor, Central Coast Visiting Nurses Association

Register below or call 831.333.9023


POSTPONED 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

While we are very excited to bring this presentation to our community and believe it will be an enlightening and excellent learning experience, we have decided to postpone the symposium until Saturday, June 24, 2017.

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. Learn about surprising insights around what 20- and 30-somethings are and are not looking for 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 helpful tips 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.

Tree of Life Celebration: Monterey

December 4, 2016 - 5:00pm
Portola Hotel and Spa, Monterey

The Monterey Tree of Life Celebration program will happen at Monterey's beautiful Portola Hotel & Spa on December 4 at 5:00 p.m. After the program, volunteers will escort you to the outside terrace, where you will view the tree as it is lit on the rooftop of the Monterey Marriott. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Portola Hotel & Spa.

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