“A Volunteer Hospice and Grief Support Center”
ince 1977 Hospice of the Conejo has been dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life, even in the face of terminal illness and grief, by providing compassionate, emotional, practical support and information to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.
All services are provided completely free of charge, 100% of our funding is raised through private donations, fundraising events and grants. Our service area includes Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Agoura, Calabasas, Simi Valley and Moorpark, California.
As a non-medical hospice, we are uniquely positioned to offer our support outside the constraints placed on medical hospices by Medicare and Insurance. We can assist patients and their families before a six-month prognosis is made and no physician referral is required for our services. We are also able to assist patients who are still undergoing corrective treatment.
We also operate a thriving Grief Support Center, providing 50+ professional, therapist-led grief support groups every month…… always at no charge.We help seniors who have lost their spouse of many decades, adults of many ages, young parents who have lost a child or during pregnancy, teens and children who have lost a loved one. We recently started a grief support group for our Spanish speaking community and in the first quarter of 2016 will be launching a grief support group for people who have lost a beloved pet.
We also offer our NODA program (No One Dies Alone). We are partnered with Los Robles Hospital to provide volunteers who sit vigil with patients who are in their final hours when no family members are able to be there.
And finally we operate as an information center providing general information and guidance on placing a family member into hospice care as well as understanding what might be expected when faced with a terminally ill patient in the family. We take calls every day helping people understand what steps to consider when dealing with the loss of a loved one, including participation in our therapist-led grief support groups. We also respond to unexpected crises that profoundly affect our community (murder, suicide, other traumatic unexpected death events).
Dedicated to serving as a community-based non-profit, non-medical volunteer hospice and grief support center, whose objective is to affirm life even in the face of terminal illness and grief, by providing compassionate, emotional, practical support and information to individuals and families facing end-of-life issues always completely free of charge.
Volunteer and Help Make A Difference!
- Susan MurataExecutive Director
- Jean BishopAsst. Director & Program Coordinator
- Jesusa ChuaOffice Manager
- Marie UskaliVolunteer Coordinator
- Kathy WilliamsonAssistant Program Manager
Board of Directors
- Tammie HelmuthBoard President
- Sheryl LewandaBoard Secretary
- Debbie CopseyBoard Member
- Tammy EackerBoard Member
- Jim RobinsonBoard Member
- Roger BensonTreasurer
- Bruce DichterBoard Member
- Dave FriedlBoard Member
- Margaret TrueBoard Member
- David ButcherBoard Member
- Edward ChuaBoard Member
Grief Support Counsellors
- Dr. Beth HaynesGrief Facilitator
- Amanda JenningsGrief Facilitator
- David TusoGrief Facilitator
- Erika BudigGrief Facilitator
- Laura Ayala-ClarkGrief Facilitator
- Neil FielandGrief Facilitator
- Janelle GuillotGrief Facilitator
- Sa-ree AdlerGrief Facilitator
- Dr. Leticia XimenezGrief Facilitator