Planning for and Dealing with Serious Illness and End-of-Life Challenges

Planning Ahead


The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project has a variety of resources to help you and your family talk now about your end of life wishes.


Elder Care


CJP SeniorDirect

A service of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) offering one-stop shopping for information and resources around eldercare issues.


End-of-Life Support Programs


Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation of Massachusetts


Jewish Family and Children's Services

JFCS provides an extensive listing of hospice and paliative care resources. 


Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston

Danvers, MA 01923

A comprehensive not-for-profit hospice provider.


Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice

Malden, MA 02148

The mission of Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice is to provide a holistic approach to care integrated within the healthcare system.  We aspire to improve the quality of life for patients and their families by responding to their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.  Our goal is to remove the feeling of isolation while demystifying the dying process and fostering the hope of new beginnings.  Hospice seeks to expand community awareness of death as a part of the life process and the importance of emotional and spiritual issues on physical health and well-being throughout the life cycle.


Resources for Organizing Caring Circles


Lotsa Helping Hands™


Share the Care™




Funeral Homes


Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors, Inc.

West Newton, MA 02465


Levine Chapels, Inc.

Brookline, MA 02446


Schlossberg-Solomon Memorial Chapels

Canton, MA 02021


Stanetsky Memorial Chapels

Brookline, MA 02446


Torf Funeral Home

Chelsea, MA 02150


Goldman-Fisher Funeral Services

Malden, MA 02148




Jewish Cemetery Association of Massachusetts (JCAM)

Newton Centre, MA 02459

JCAM owns or manages 100 Jewish cemeteries within the Commonwealth. 


Sharon Memorial Park

Sharon, MA 02067

Sharon Memorial Park has interfaith sections and Jewish clergy are not required as officiants.


Beit Olam Cemetery (part of JCAM)

Wayland, MA

An interfaith section is available.


Lindwood Memorial Park

Randolph, MA

An interfaith section is available.

Some cities and towns have consecrated Jewish sections. Others are non-denominational and have on-site crematories, including:


Newton Cemetery

Newton Center, MA 02459-1719


Forest Hills Cemetery

Boston, Massachusetts 02130


Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138


iMortuary is a general funeral home directory


Rabbis and Officiants


Dennis P. Geller, Ph.D.

KB Madrikh

Humanist Minister

617 529-9483


Rabbi Rachel Dvash Schoenfeld

KB Education Director

617 564 - 0081


Bereavement Support


JFCS Jewish Healing Connections

Waltham, MA 02451

Offers bi-weekly daytime bereavement groups at the JCC, and 8-week evening bereavement groups at JF&CS. For more info contact Barbara Sternfield at


The Children's Room

Arlington, MA 02476

Caring support for grieving children, teens and families


Comfort Zone Camp

Sandwich, Boston

Free weekend overnight bereavement camps offered to children 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Travel assistance available.


Jeff’s Place

Framingham, MA 01702

Free support groups for children, preschool through high school, coping with a meaningful death loss.  Simultaneous adult caregiver groups offered.

An Internet community of people dealing with loss, hosting for over 50 e-mail grief support groups.