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Reflections on end-of-life care as Zen Hospice Project Guest House closes

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Courtesy of Zen Hospice Project
BJ Miller, former executive director of the Zen Hospice Project.

 

For nearly three decades, the guest house of San Francisco’s Zen Hospice Project has helped the dying live out their last days with dignity. In a large, immaculately kept Victorian-style home, caregivers paid attention to patients’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs. It was known as a special place. But due to a lack of funds, the guesthouse closed in June. And unless a donor steps up, the closure could be permanent. As a way of remembering the guesthouse, we’re re-airing an interview with BJ Miller, former director of the Zen Hospice Project.

"If you can keep up, it can feed you. Knowing that you are there with someone, that you dare to face this big truth with someone."

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