The MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care at UCSF/Mt Zion

The MERI Center is founded in the belief that, in a life of both blessings and struggles, a central opportunity for us all is to find meaning and our proper place in the Universe. Within our families and society, a core responsibility is to be of service to each other, helping those we love to face living with consciousness and comfort, and dying with peace. 
 
Building on the traditional strengths of cultures around the world and on the modern medical expertise of UCSF, the MERI Center is committed to making good care for people facing serious illness routine. Although we all wish to live lives as long and as happy as possible, inevitably, a healthy society includes normalizing and humanizing the inevitable processes of dying in our community.
 
To build a healing community, the MERI Center works to support patients facing serious illness, to train family and volunteer caregivers, to promote the competence and openness of professional health care teams, and to bring an openness to how our community sees death via the core domains of adult education imparting knowledge, developing skills, and fostering healthy attitudes.

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Event Spotlight:

3rd UCSF Day of Remembering

Friday, May 21, 2021 | 3:00 PM PDT

Grieving has been made more difficult during the pandemic due to physical distancing measures. The UCSF Day of Remembering is a time for us to come together, virtually, and honor and remember those whom we have lost. We hope that our community, near and far, will gather together for this virtual memorial service. The service will include reflections, readings, and rituals to offer comfort and support to the UCSF community: patients, caregivers, family, friends, faculty, & staff.

This virtual memorial service will take place over Zoom. Details will be provided upon registration.  Please have a candle, flower, or memento for the service. If you would like your loved one’s name and/or picture included in this service, please email: [email protected]

Approximate Program Schedule

3:00 pm Service Starts
3:05 pm Welcome Remarks
3:10 pm Reflections & Readings
3:35 pm Rituals
3:45 pm Closing Remarks

Call 415.509.8645 or email [email protected] with questions.

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UCSF DGIM Grand Rounds with Sandy Stokes of Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care

March 17, 2021

 


Poems that Flow Through Us Winter 2021, our first poetic medicine anthology, is a collection of poems written by participants in our poetic medicine workshops: Food For Thought and Loss, Losing, and Loosening.

Poems that Flow Through Us Fall 2020, our first poetic medicine anthology, is a collection of poems written by participants in our poetic medicine workshops: Food For Thought and Loss, Losing, and Loosening.


MERI Center's COVID-19 Resource page: a compilation of resources for the community and providers to learn about COVID-19 and on how to stay sane during this time.  

 



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THANK YOU to the supporters of the MERI Center:
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Core Sponsors: Germanacos Foundation  |  Peter and Lindsay Joost           Key Sponsors: Jean Collier Hurley  |  Janet Martinez  |  Rachel Katz