Planning for and Dealing with Serious Illness and End-of-Life Challenges

Planning Ahead

 

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project has a variety of resources to help you and your family talk now about your end of life wishes. 

https://theconversationproject.org

 

Elder Care

 

CJP SeniorDirect

A service of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) offering one-stop shopping for information and resources around eldercare issues.

www.cjpseniordirect.org

 

End-of-Life Support Programs

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of Massachusetts

www.hospicefed.org

 

Jewish Family and Children's Services

http://www.jfcsboston.org

JFCS provides an extensive listing of hospice and paliative care resources. 

 

Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston

Danvers, MA 01923

http://www.hns.org/

A comprehensive not-for-profit hospice provider.

 

Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice

Malden, MA 02148

https://www.hallmarkhealth.org/Hallmark-Health-VNA-and-Hospice.html

The mission of Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice is to provide a holistic approach to care integrated within the healthcare system.  We aspire to improve the quality of life for patients and their families by responding to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  Our goal is to remove the feeling of isolation while demystifying the dying process and fostering the hope of new beginnings.  Hospice seeks to expand community awareness of death as a part of the life process and the importance of emotional and spiritual issues on physical health and well-being throughout the life cycle.

 

Resources for Organizing Caring Circles

 

Lotsa Helping Hands™

http://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/

 

Share the Care™

http://www.sharethecare.org

 

CareCircle™

https://www.carecircle.com/

 

Funeral Homes

 

Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors, Inc.

West Newton, MA 02465


http://www.brezniakrodman.com

 

Levine Chapels, Inc.

Brookline, MA 02446


http://www.levinechapels.com

 

Schlossberg-Solomon Memorial Chapels


Canton, MA 02021

http://www.schlossbergchapel.com

 

Stanetsky Memorial Chapels

Brookline, MA 02446



http://www.stanetsky.com

 

Torf Funeral Home

Chelsea, MA 02150

http://www.torffuneralservice.com

 

Goldman-Fisher Funeral Services

Malden, MA 02148

http://goldmanfc.com/

 

Cemeteries

 

Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM)


Newton Centre, MA 02459

http://www.jcam.org

JCAM owns or manages 100 Jewish cemeteries within the Commonwealth. 

 

Sharon Memorial Park


Sharon, MA 02067


http://www.sharonmemorial.com

Sharon Memorial Park has interfaith sections and Jewish clergy are not required as officiants.

 

Beit Olam Cemetery (part of JCAM)

Wayland, MA

http://www.jcam.org/Pages/Cemeteries/Cemetery_Pages/Wayland.html

An interfaith section is available.

 

Lindwood Memorial Park

Randolph, MA

An interfaith section is available.

Some cities and towns have consecrated Jewish sections. Others are non-denominational and have on-site crematories, including:

 

Newton Cemetery

Newton Center, MA 02459-1719

http://www.newcemcorp.org

 

Forest Hills Cemetery

Boston, Massachusetts 02130

http://www.foresthillscemetery.com/

 

Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

http://www.mountauburn.org/

 

iMortuary is a general funeral home directory

http://www.imortuary.com/

 

Rabbis and Officiants

 

Dennis P. Geller, Ph.D.

KB Madrikh

Humanist Minister

617 529-9483

http://www.humanist-rites.com

 

Rabbi Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld

KB Education Director

617 564 - 0081

eddirector@kahalbraira.org

 

Bereavement Support

 

JFCS Jewish Healing Connections

Waltham, MA 02451

http://www.jfcsboston.org/

Offers bi-weekly daytime bereavement groups at the JCC, and 8-week evening bereavement groups at JF&CS. For more info contact Barbara Sternfield at bsternfield@jfcsboston.org

 

The Children's Room

Arlington, MA 02476

http://childrensroom.org/

Caring support for grieving children, teens and families

 

Comfort Zone Camp

Sandwich, Boston


http://www.comfortzonecamp.org

Free weekend overnight bereavement camps offered to children 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Travel assistance available.

 

Jeff’s Place

Framingham, MA 01702

www.jeffsplacemetrowest.org


Free support groups for children, preschool through high school, coping with a meaningful death loss.  Simultaneous adult caregiver groups offered.

 

Griefnet.org

http://griefnet.org/

An Internet community of people dealing with loss, hosting for over 50 e-mail grief support groups.