Zen Hospice Project
We draw from our contemplative heritage and a history of successful collaboration with the hospice and palliative care community.
Our legacy of compassionate and pioneering service initially grew from the San Francisco Zen Center in 1987. Since then, Zen Hospice has grown into an independent nonprofit organization (501c3) providing care at the bedside for those facing advanced illness and their loved ones, while also training and supporting a new wave of volunteer and professional care givers.
Zen Hospice opened its iconic Guest House in 1990, as a community-based model to attend to those dying and in most need of support. As an early responder to the AIDS crisis, we provided care when others would not during this era of fear. In 2010, Zen Hospice renovated and re-opened the Guest House as a licensed residential care facility for the chronically ill (RCFCI) with 24-hour nursing staff, all of whom are trained in our approach to mindful, compassionate, and skillful care.
Since 1988, we have provided the same quality of care at Laguna Honda Hospital, one of the largest public long-term care facilities in the United States. Our volunteers serve daily on the 60-bed hospice and palliative care floor supporting residents and their families, working in collaboration with professional care givers.
Today Zen Hospice Project is a thriving organization offering direct care, educational programs, and inspirational support. Serving more than 31,000 people to date, our primary geographic focus is the Bay Area, but our work has gained national and international influence.