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Enhancing the experience
of caregiving by teaching
mindfulness and compassion

Caregivers

We train family, professional, and clinical caregivers to develop and apply mindfulness for engaged care.
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Volunteers

We offer an opportunity to cultivate awareness and compassion by caring for those with chronic and terminal illness.
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Partners

We pursue better caregiving through partnering with networks of inspired people and organizations.
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Our Offerings

We teach mindfulness and compassion to improve well-being and care.

Our work, drawing from over 30 years of experience in hospice and end of life care, is grounded in the expression
of the universal values of compassion and service. We teach caregivers to use mindfulness-based tools to improve
well-being, and through conversation, we inspire each other to live fully in the face of the universal experience of loss.

Mindful Caregiving Education

Our courses improve care by helping caregivers build emotional resilience and work skillfully with stress and loss.
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Volunteer Caregiving Program

We train volunteers in skills grounded in mindfulness and compassion to serve people who are chronically ill or dying.
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Exploring Loss

We create and participate in workshops, events and conferences to bring the topics of loss and death into the open.
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News

Zen Hospice Project changes its name to Zen Caregiving Project

Rooted in our past and looking ahead

After thoughtful consideration and conversations with community members, we will be changing our public-facing name from Zen Hospice Project to Zen Caregiving Project. This change will help us to expand our impact by providing more clarity around our offerings.

We believe our new name holds all of our activities and is inclusive of everyone we serve. The name Zen Caregiving Project will best serve the organization into the future as we expand the reach and impact of our Mindful Caregiving Education, Volunteer Caregiving, and Community Partnership programs.

With the closure of our residential hospice in 2018, many have been confused about the organization's future. We draw inspiration from the thousands of heartfelt conversations that Zen Hospice Project has had over the years of caring for dying persons and their families. We invite you to join us as we shift our focus to the opportunity that the present moment holds.

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Our History

"A whole new way to do hospice work"

The Zen idea of an appropriate response is the simple act of finding practical ways to work toward the goal of reducing suffering, an idea pivotal to Buddhist teachings. The creation of Zen Hospice Project was an appropriate response initiated in 1986 by Zen practitioner Martha de Barros, and other members of the San Francisco Zen Center. They saw a need to address the suffering they witnessed every day among the homeless population of the city, some of whom were dying on the street.

For 30 years, Zen Hospice Project has served people through our direct care and educational programs. Founded by members of the San Francisco Zen Center in 1987, the birth of Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) was an opportunity to "get off the cushion," the act of taking your practice out of the meditation hall and into the world.

As our first Director Frank Ostaseski said, providing this hospice service was "...an opportunity to bring together mindfulness practice and service practice… It was a whole new way to do hospice work." As we enter into our 31st year of service, we continue to see opportunities to enhance caregiving for people dealing with chronic and terminal illness to meet the needs of even more people.

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Testimonials

What People Are Saying

We want to improve the care experience for everyone. Our greatest reward is knowing that our training improves the well being of those we serve.
I feel more connected to the person I am caring for because of this class, and I feel more connected to myself.
Course participant
Mindful Family Caregiving Course Participant (Online)
Volunteering at Zen Hospice Project has had a profound influence on my life. It brings joy to my life and I always receive much more than I give.
Laurent de Bord
Volunteer Caregiver at Laguna Honda Hospital
Your workshop was a highlight of the weekend. It felt incredibly gratifying.
Mindy Relyea
Everpresence Symposium Founder, and Director
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Your generosity helps us continue to support caregivers and raise awareness of the work they do.
Partners

We believe that better caregiving happens through networks of
inspired people and organizations working together.

We work with a range of different partners to share our mindfulness-based approach to caregiving.
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Mindful Caregiving Podcast

Mindful Caregiving Podcast

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“My healing started the moment I began the course.”

“My healing started the moment I began the course.”

"I'm from San Francisco, am the elder of two daughters and have been blessed to be happily married for over...
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Grief Support Resources

Grief Support Resources

Below is a list of organizations and networks aimed to help those seeking palliative care and hospice.
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Support and Resources for Family Caregivers

Support and Resources for Family Caregivers

Below is a list of organizations and networks aimed to help those seeking palliative care and hospice.
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Five Useful Resources to Learn About and Explore Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Five Useful Resources to Learn About and Explore Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Below is a list of organizations and networks aimed to help those seeking palliative care and hospice.
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The Challenge of Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

The Challenge of Maintaining Healthy Boundaries

I have had the privilege of meeting many caregivers in my role of teaching Mindful Caregiver Education courses at Zen...
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Dying Days at the Guest House

Dying Days at the Guest House

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10 Tips for Caregivers Over the Holidays

10 Tips for Caregivers Over the Holidays

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Zen Caregiving Project New Volunteer Training Update

Zen Caregiving Project New Volunteer Training Update

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Attending Your Loved One’s Final Moments

Attending Your Loved One’s Final Moments

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Family Caregiving is a Rite of Passage

Family Caregiving is a Rite of Passage

We meet many family caregivers in our Mindful Caregiver Education courses. Apart from being in the role, what unites most...
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Volunteer Training Schedule Announced

Volunteer Training Schedule Announced

Spring 2020's Open Enrollment is now open! You can also find more information about joining the volunteer program here. Applicants...
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Emotional Support For Caregivers is Vital, So Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

Emotional Support For Caregivers is Vital, So Why Aren’t We Talking About It?

Caregiving has got a bad rap A lot of what we read about caregiving paints a very negative picture. Caregivers...
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Mandala Mondays

Mandala Mondays

S3 Garden, Laguna Honda Hospital "We give life to the previous week’s flowers by creating a mandala as part of...
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Dying and Death in the Zen Tradition on Shapes of Grief

Dying and Death in the Zen Tradition on Shapes of Grief

Listen to Zen Caregiving Project executive director Roy Remer speak with Liz Gleeson, a grief therapist and host of the...
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