At East Bay Center for Living and Dying we want to connect you and plug you in to resources before its too late. Our model, focused on Intervention, assessment and referral, seeks to help you and your family prepare for a healthy transition and death.
Too often in Western Medicine the patient is left alone, and bounced between ambulances, ERs, ICU, Hospitals and SubSpecialists. Historically, Medical culture has not done a good job accepting death. Our training is improving, and now with Palliative Care teams, we offer patients more options and choice and support for their wishes. And, even with these improvements, support from Medical professionals alone is not enough to support anyone in their End of Life experience. Below are several relationships to you can develop to support you and/or your loved ones during the Dying process.
Your Family and Friends -- What sort of conversations are you having with the people who matter the most to you about your wishes and needs as you age and enter the End phase of Life?
Your Family Physician- How have you developed your relationship with Her/Him, do they know you in the context of your Family so that they help you navigate the range of conditions you/your loved ones experience in aging, supporting early screening and diagnosis around emerging health issues while supporting your family to help you live out your wishes for treatment and care.
Social Workers - can help coordinate resources, transportation, housing, and a myriad of other things. Also trained in some therapy, these people can be invaluable to patients and families. They can also connect you to financial and legal expertise.
Religion - Your Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, Imam…..all can be important support and resources and help you find meaning and comfort in this very precious phase of life.
Therapists - Therapists can be an invaluable support to help family members deal with feelings as they lose a loved one, can support individuals with their anxieties around death, and can help families work through unresolved conflicts so that the Dying process can be an opportunity for healing.
Death Doulas - Trained “guides” in dying, these folks can be available much like Birth Doula’s, to be on call, particularly as time grows short, and for the final days.
Hospice - Teams of Nurses and Doctors who focus on keeping you comfortably IN YOUR HOME. There are a few Hospice beds in the Bay Area for families unable to care for a dying family member. VITAS and Zen Hospice are two solid Bay Area services.
Legal Consult - Have you developed a will? Do you have an advanced directive? Durable power of attorney? Legal support to create documentation can prevent disagreements between family members after you are gone.
Lonny Shevelson, MD and Linda Spangler, MD Euthanasia Options
Michael Fratkin, MD North Coast Hospice
Spiritual Well Being