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ONLINE LINKS / Ghost Bikes
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:42:46 AM »
Ghost Bikes are small and somber memorials for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.

ONLINE LINKS / Transportation Alternatives (Mary Beth Kelly)
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:40:10 AM »

ONLINE LINKS / Thomas Lynch - essayist, poet and funeral director.
« on: April 22, 2008, 11:37:46 AM »
Thomas Lynch is an essayist, poet and funeral director of Lynch & Sons funeral home in Milford, Michigan. His most recent book, released this past June 2005, is "Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans,".

Other more recent books include:"The Undertaking," "Still Life in Milford" and "Bodies in Motion and at Rest." He published his first volume of poetry, "Skating with Heather Grace," in 1987.

« on: April 14, 2008, 03:05:35 PM »
History of the Grieving Center

The Rev. William Purdy has been a dedicated community servant for over 20
years. Initially as a pastor in Miami and subsequently in Munich, Germany; and Brooklyn,
Queens and Manhattan, where he set set up a soup kitchen, a shelter for the homeless
and a drop-in center.  In 1989 he made a decision to begin work in end of life care,
this began his journey in bereavement counseling.  Rev. Purdy was
recently awarded the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Medal and an honorary doctorate. 

Eric Marciano is an award winning filmmaker who has owned a New York
based production company, American Montage, Inc., for over 25 years.
During his career he has divided his time between producing and
directing socially focused documentaries for major media corporations
as well as for his own company.  His other work includes: video
enriched websites, commercials, narrative films, music videos,
animations and corporate films.  His clients include: Discovery
Channel, HBO, ESPN, TLC, A&E, Black Filmmaker Foundation, Bristol
Meyers Squib, Pfizer, Cliff Freeman, Grey Advertising, Bloomingdales,
the US Army and many more. Eric Marciano earned a Bachelor of Fine
Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Eric Marciano is
the Executive Producer of The Grieving Center.

The Grieving Center's origins truly begin in 2003 when Eric Marciano
and the Rev. William Purdy first met.  Rev. Purdy was interviewed for a
film Eric was producing on teen bereavement.

In collaboration, Will and Eric felt that bereavement services should be
available on the Internet and that a website could have an impact
world wide -- to an audience any time of day from any location - particularly
from the privacy of one's own home.  This is critical because much of the
grieving process is personal.   

Mr. Marciano had worked on a number of
websites, all of which were designed around video; in essence they
were web based television channels A website of this magnitude
required a substantial commitment and financial support from any
financier; Rev. Purdy recommended a friend, Sir Thomas Moore who was
duly impressed with the concept and so in August 2006, the journey to
create of The Grieving Center commenced.

One year later The Grieving Center launched with over an hour of
original programming, numerous articles on end of life care and grief
and a forum/blog where the community could gather together. 
With Will as the director, a few months later the website won the 2007 W3 Silver Award
from the International Academy of Visual Arts for concept,
design and innovation. The site continues to add new programming.  If
you have any ideas for video segments please email us:

ONLINE LINKS / Hospice Foundation of America
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:17:23 PM »
Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health care system and the role of hospice within it.

ONLINE LINKS / Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:14:07 PM »
Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association

Established in 1986, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care.

The mission of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is to provide dynamic leadership, education, opportunities for collaborative relationships among members, and to promote excellence in the practice of care management.

ONLINE LINKS / New York City Dept. for the Aging
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:08:39 PM »
The Department for the Aging's Web site lists programs and services tailored to a variety of specific needs that many of the 1.3 million older New Yorkers may want now or in the future.

ONLINE LINKS / Family Caregiver Alliance
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:06:55 PM »
Founded in 1977, Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA  now offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.

ONLINE LINKS / National Family Caregivers Association
« on: March 03, 2008, 02:04:29 PM »
National Family Caregivers Association

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being.

ONLINE LINKS / National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:59:52 PM »
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

ONLINE LINKS / U.S. Administration on Aging
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:57:08 PM »
U.S. Administration on Aging
State and Local Agency Locator

The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Just one phone call or Website visit provides an instant connection to resources that enable older persons to live independently in their communities. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers


ONLINE LINKS / Get Palliative Care
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:54:18 PM »
What is Palliative Care Anyway?

When you are facing a serious illness, you need relief. Relief from pain. Relief from other symptoms, such as fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. Relief from stress.

The goal of palliative care is to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. It is appropriate for people of any age and at any point in an illness. It can be delivered along with treatments that are meant to cure you.


ONLINE LINKS / CAPP Caregiver Resource Center
« on: March 03, 2008, 01:50:27 PM »
CAPP Caregiver Resource Center

The Caregivers and Professionals Partnership (CAPP) is a multi-faceted, interdisciplinary program to strengthen and sustain Mount Sinai Hospital and affiliate institutions' responsiveness to the role and needs of family caregivers of adults.


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