Client Services

Exploring healing in the context of critical illness.

The Living/Dying Project offers two programs: Open Circle and Next Step. Both programs are free of charge. Open Circle and Next Step are available to residents of Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. If you’re interested in our Client Programs, please contact our office.

Open Circle

The focus of Open Circle is to respond to the opportunities for transformation and healing that critical illness offers – to include the possibilities of spiritual awakening, conscious dying, remarkable remission, and freedom, without avoiding the physical and emotional needs that illness presents. Opening to this investigation, we have the opportunity to go beyond attachment, contraction, and denial – entering the path to healing.

Each client is matched with a trained volunteer who meets with the client on a free-of-charge, ongoing basis. Volunteers meet in support groups and receive ongoing training. They are encouraged to have a contemplative spiritual practice to nurture their work with clients.

We serve clients at all stages of illness, from diagnosis to recovery or death. Our intention is to be together with awareness, compassion and empowerment.

Next Step

Next Step is a four-week, one-to-one support program for people newly diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We teach skills to cope with stress and begin the journey of spiritual healing. We believe that critical illness allows opportunities for transformation and healing.

The program includes:

Spiritual counseling, identifying and organizing a support system, evaluation and discussion of the client’s spiritual needs, learning meditation, relaxation, and centering, discussion of the meaning of healing, learning to connect with caregivers, and becoming aware of the obstacles to healing.

Each client is matched with a trained volunteer who meets with the client on a free-of-charge, ongoing basis. Volunteers meet in support groups and receive ongoing training. They are encouraged to have a contemplative spiritual practice to nurture their work with clients.

Education

Please look at our educational services page for articles, interviews with local professionals, and a recommended reading list.

Meditation & Relaxation Exercises
The AH Breath: caregiver and patient can do together
Taking and Sending: meditation for one person