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.

Event Spotlight:

Last Acts of Kindness; Care and Compassion at the End of Life


Co-sponsored by Commonweal and The UCSF MERI Center

Thursdays, September 3 - 24th | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Offered by Redwing Keyssar, RN, Author, Midwife to the Dying & Ladybird Morgan, RN, MSW

A live-online 4-session workshop for anyone who wishes to foster confidence and resiliency in these difficult times, as we care for our friends, our selves, our families, and community at the end of life.

We ALL will be in positions to be “end of life doulas” at some time--assisting friends and loved ones in the dying process. Most people however, have little training and minimal experience or understanding about what it means to “show up” at this delicate time. The Chinese letters for “crisis” can be translated as “Dangerous opportunity.” The dangers of the current pandemic offer us all an opportunity to be better acquainted with the real territory of death and dying.

This workshop will:

  • Prepare us to show up at the bedsides of the dying—using the tenets of Palliative Care: to help relieve suffering physically, emotionally, spiritually, psychologically
  • Offer guidance in supporting caregivers-- both professional and “family” caregivers
  • Assist us in creating personal toolkits for caregiving at the end of life
  • Help us understand how our own myths and beliefs about life and death affect our roles as care-givers and care-receivers
  • Offer practical knowledge about the dying process
  • Pain and symptom management (an overview)
  • Hospice and Palliative care issues
  • Signs and Symptoms of approaching death
  • Be a step towards facing our own mortality, which is key to serving others 

As an online Zoom course, we will attempt to create as positive, connected and experiential  environment as possible!


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.  





THANK YOU to the supporters of the MERI Center:
Founding Sponsor:

Core Sponsors: Germanacos Foundation  |  Peter and Lindsay Joost           Key Sponsors: Jean Collier Hurley  |  Janet Martinez  |  Rachel Katz