Financial Officer: Suzanne Wouk
Arnold Leff, M.D.
Ralph Potkin, M.D.
Joshua Schiffman, M.D.
Valerie Leveroni Corral
Design for Dying Project
Non-profit 501(c) Corporation
849 Almar Street #C317
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
A home care experience
I had completed the
four-month vigil at
the Santa Cruz home of my beloved friend.“L” was a single mother of
a 16-year-old girl. More than 30 volunteers organized as a team to
meet the ongoing needs that facing death requires. On a summer
morning, “L” died peacefully.
I had prepared her
body for honoring;
washing, anointing and dressing her.
I was grateful for many things. I was
grateful that we could carry out her wish
to die at home surrounded by family and friends. I was grateful that
her daughter’s loving touch and last utterance of love hung in the
room as the thread to carry “L” into what lay beyond.
After some time a
hospice worker arrived, she stood quietly looking at L’s adorned
body, cloaked in red silk, haloed by flowers, candles burning.
After a long
silence, she spoke, “I haven’t seen anything like this since I was
in India.This is beautiful.”
|Since 1993 at our collective,
Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana
witnessed the death of at least one
member a month from terminal illness.
Some of our patients were alone and
without resources. In these cases, and
whenever asked, other WAMM members
organized into caregiver teams
to help our friends greet death with as
comfortable and noble a transition as
We have designed Raha Kudo, meaning
the pathway to heaven, as a comprehensive
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Our extraordinary approach combines
all aspects of care and support
within a loving environment.
Information gained is organized and
presented for the enrichment of the dying,
their loved ones and for the benefit
of others and our caregivers.
Our mission sets Raha Kudo apart
from other human service organizations.
Our dedication to education and research
is crucial in developing a depth
of care and understanding essential in
the exploration of alternatives during
Our aim at Raha Kudo, Design for
Dying Project is to offer help when
death approaches, assisting in all aspects
that may arise; providing a
personalized model of support, including
organizing schedules, 24-hour care,
and identifying and sharing the balance
Raha Kudo is made up of a sensitive,
compassionate team to fill in the gaps
of care as needed.
We see ourselves as midwives to the
dying, extending a choice for deinstitutionalization
at this critical time of
life, helping people stay in their own
homes as they prepare for what lay
The Raha Kudo, Design for Dying Project is a
nonprofit public benefit
corporation. The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized
are to provide services of care to support education and research for
persons facing death, and to provide respite for caregivers availing
services through ongoing education and support.
A Place Where
Each caregiver is an essential element of our work.
How do we enrich the lives of those who provide the most needed
service, sitting with our loved ones as they face death? To
serve the dying can be a life
|altering experience, it is
after all to be in the presence of the masters. While this work
enriches each of us profoundly it is also deeply demanding.
Recognizing the toll that
caregiving demands has lead us to identify and address much needed care for
more about us...
||Raha Kudo is organized exclusively for charitable
purposes. Specifically the activities and operations of this nonprofit
organization lay in the development of avenues of care for individuals at
the most important time of their lives, as they face death. It is our intent
to provide in-home care and support to promote a more peaceful end of life
experience. Providing personalized care is an essential piece of our
strategy, but entwining this aspect within the context of a learning center
where information garnered can be organized and presented for the benefit
and enrichment of dying individuals, their loved ones, families and the
general public sets Raha Kudo apart from other human services organizations.
Education is crucial in developing a depth of care and understanding
|in the exploration of alternatives
in facing death. People should have a choice about how they die as they
do about how they live. We believe that people should have a right to
die the way that they wish. Our goal is to provide a serene, safe and beautiful
location where people, who are close to the transition and their families, can
focus on the spiritual journey rather the confusion and fear that often is
associated with a death of a loved one.
"Set and Setting"
The Raha Kudo Guesthouse will be fully supported by hospice and
an experienced, loving staff, who will provide the set and setting, drawing on
many years of experience helping people transition
to the "other side".