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Circle of Friends for the Dying | October, 2019
In this, our final year of planning, community support is crucial.
CFD is very excited to share the news about our newest board members, Dr. Randall Rissman and Debra Benn.
Dr. Randall Rissman is a family medicine doctor in Woodstock, New York, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. He received his medical degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Once a devoted advisor to CFD, Dr. Rissman will now contribute his valued energy and wisdom to our mission as board member.
Debra Benn is the branch manager at Ulster Savings Bank, with 15 years of banking experience and six years of board and committee participation. From 2013-2016, she served as a board member/secretary for the Phoenicia Rotary and was a member of the Phoenicia Business Association. After transferring to the Woodstock branch of USB in 2017, she became a board member for the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Arts and the Good Neighbor Food Pantry of Woodstock. Benn is also currently on the new members committee for the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. With a strong compassion for people and life, she looks forward to contributing her talents to CFD.
We are overjoyed to welcome them both!

We have a new look and you are going to like it!

This summer with the help of web-master Lindsay Hutton, the CFD website received a makeover! Now with videos explaining the Comfort Care for the Dying model, insightful tips, resources, and of course our newest addition, Full Circle Blog! Special Thanks to Lindsay for her support and assistance as we continue into this crucial year for Circle Home.
You are hereby invited to submit a brief story—between 600 to 1200 words to Full Circle
Full Circle serves as a forum for sharing personal stories that inform and inspire.
Education & Outreach
Death Cafés help us move toward what CFD envisions as being a society that mindfully accepts dying and death as a part of everyday life.There is no theme to a CFD Death Café, and it is not a grief support group.Come mingle with strangers and make friends over a cup of coffee and cake. No registration and all are welcome!

Your Support

Why is our mission so important?

Why is our mission so important? Most people want to die at home, and terminally ill people under hospice care and with the support of 24/7 care from family, friends, or a hired caregiver are able to fulfill that wish. But many of us cannot. We may live alone, without the support of family or friends or the means to hire caregivers. An aging partner or overwhelmed working family member with young children may not be able to care for us. Ulster and Dutchess Counties currently have no hospice residence or hospital-based hospice unit.
Because you care
By working together we can make a positive contribution to our community!



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