People and Places that Inspire

Joseph’s House • Washington, DC
Josephs House is a hospice home in Washington DC for homeless men and women with HIV-AIDS and other illnesses. Their approach to care, their commitment to forming deep relationships with their residents and with one another continues to guide and challenge me.
Metta Institute • San Fransisco, CA
Metta Institute provides educational training in mindfulness and compassionate end of life care. Their workshops and retreats have greatly deepened my practice and service to others.
Everyday Zen • San Fransisco, CA
Founded by Norman Fischer, the mission of Everyday Zen is”to share the Zen attitude, spirit, and practice with the world. It is dedicated to listening to the world, to changing it and being changed by it.”
An organization that provides information and support and guidance for professional and family caregivers
Companioning the Dying
A year long program in Silver Spring, Maryland that offers “both formation and ongoing support for those who have been seasoned by losses and others who feel called to deepen their own spiritual grounding as they companion the dying, especially those who would otherwise have no one to accompany them.”

Local Resources

Alzheimers Association National Capital Area • Fairfax County, VA
A non-profit organization providing a wide range of services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families in Fairfax County
Alzheimer’s Family Day Center • Fairfax, VA
Alzheimer’s Family Day Center (AFDC) is a non-profit organization providing a wide range of services to people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Serving the local community since 1984, AFDC offers a safe, uplifting, and engaging environment for people with dementia and is a practical resource for caregivers.
An organization that advances Person Centered Care. They publish ,”Choosing Assisted Living… What You Need To Know”
Loving Decisions
Resource for those looking for Assisted Living in Montgomery, Howard, Fairfax, Frederick and Prince Georges County. No fee service. Assistance in finding the right fit and assistance through the search and move in process.
Services for Older Adults in Fairfax County • Division of Adult and Aging Services • Adult Protective Services • Fairfax Area Agency on Aging