Hospice Was the Right Thing at the Right Time
September 20, 2021

Comfort Care Homes and Barbara Swartz Lecture Recording

Comfort Care Homes: An Exceptional End-Of-Life Resource for Patients and Their Families

Comfort care homes, often renovated private homes, provide comfort-based care to individuals who need help in their final days. These homes are different from hospice homes, and are often founded by inspired community members. There are several comfort care homes in New York. Want to learn more? Check out our recent Medium article, authored by Bethany Gonyea, MS, Executive Director at Gateway House Of PeaceRead it here.


A list of comfort care homes in New York can be viewed here

Barbara Swartz Lecture on VSED

On September 30th we held our annual Barbara Swartz lecture, which focused on voluntarily stopping eating and drinking. We were honored to be joined by the editors of the forthcoming book Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking: A Compassionate, Widely-Available Option for Hastening DeathThe panelists brought a wealth of knowledge and experience and led a lively and important discussion on VSED from the multi-disciplinary perspectives of medicine, ethics, law, and nursing. We had several hundred individuals register, and raised over $6,000 for our organization. We want to thank the panelists for sharing their time and expertise with us. We also want to thank our event sponsors and collaborators Caring People, Inc. and the Case Management Society of America.

Missed the event? You may make a donation to access the recording here. Please disregard references to a “course.” If you are a New York licensed social worker, and you would like CEUs, please click here to access the course for social workers that includes this recording. Please contact info@eolcny.org if you have any questions.

End of Life Choices New York Welcomes Our New Program and Development Coordinator -Priyanha Nadanasabesan

“When I first came across End of Life Choices New York’s work, I was extremely thrilled to find an organization that aligned with my passion for progressive and expansive end of life options for all individuals. As a first-generation Sri Lankan American, it has been an honor to be a part of EOLCNY’s commitment to increasing accessibility to diverse and affirming end-of-life care for minoritized communities. As the Program and Development Coordinator, I have been able to learn from the many experts at EOLCNY and expand my knowledge of several complex and important topics. Additionally, I’ve been able to understand the behind the scenes work that it takes to create meaningful programming and education on end-of-life topics. I am looking forward to continuing to work with the wonderful staff here and help push forward EOLCNY’s powerful mission.”
Priyanha is a recent graduate of the CUNY School of Public Health with an MPH in Community Health. Prior to pursuing her Masters, Priyanha worked in both private public health consulting and nonprofit environments. 

Survey of Black New Yorkers

End of Life Choices New York and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy are conducting research to understand the end of life needs, views, and experiences of Black New Yorkers who served as a caregiver for a loved one at the end of their life. You may be eligible if you are Black, live in New York, are between the ages of 25-65, and were a caregiver to a loved one that died within the last 15 years. To participate, please visit endoflifechoicesny.org/survey. Please share with your network.

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