Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Hospice Giving Foundation


Hospice Giving Foundation believes that living well includes dying peacefully, in comfort, and with dignity. Advocating for compassionate end-of-life care, we raise funds and award grants to strengthen local providers’ ability to serve our community. We promote advance planning so that families can prepare for, and have access to, choices for end-of-life care.

The Big Idea

Supporting living well at end-of-life, ensuring the best care possible―including physical, mental, and spiritual comfort―is available to all patients & family members in Monterey & San Benito Counties

We believe it’s a big idea to encourage thoughtful conversations around end-of-life planning while patients―along with family, loved ones, and others whose involvement is valued―can make conscious decisions. Individual wishes for end-of-life are highly personal and must be known to be honored. Preparing in advance supports the best care possible. Perhaps most important, planning reduces emotional and financial stress that can accompany last-minute decisions.
Hospice Giving Foundation envisions a community where people know their options, can access needed resources, and can get help with end-of-life planning. We hope you will contribute to our effort and help us reach our goal of raising $50,000.
Your gift may be made in honor or memory of someone important to you. For each person remembered, we will display his/her name on our roster of remembrance on our website, at celebrations, and include the tribute in our social media conversations.

” I have an Advance Directive not because I have a serious illness, but because I have a family.” ~ Ira Byock, M.D.

This recommendation is for those needing experienced advice concerning end-of-life issues. It includes everyone, old and young, since all of us face the task of sharing our wishes with loved ones. Many do not confront the situation, leaving family or friends behind in doubt or disagreement. My friend Joan and I experienced close calls. I recovered from my illness, but she was in the ICU and nearly died. She did recover, and we both made it clear to our families in the strongest possible terms that we did not wish to be kept alive by artificial means. We consulted with Shary Farr (facilitator of Hospice Giving Foundation workshops) who has years of experience advising about life and death issues in a sympathetic manner. She helped us advise our families on carrying out our wishes. When Joan passed away, I was comforted knowing she died exactly as she wished: peacefully and painlessly.