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The UCSF Day of Remembering is a time for us to come together, virtually, and honor and remember those who we have lost.

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Grieving has been made more difficult during the pandemic due to physical distancing measures. The UCSF Day of Remembering is a time for us to come together, virtually, and honor and remember those who we have lost. We hope that our community, near and far, will gather together for this virtual memorial service. The service will include reflections, readings, and rituals to offer comfort and support to the UCSF community: patients, caregivers, family, friends, faculty, & staff.

This virtual memorial service will take place over Zoom. Details will be provided upon registration. Please have a candle, flower, or memento for the service.

If you would like to include your loved one's name and/or picture in the service, please send them to

Approximate Program Schedule

3:00 pm Service Starts

3:05 pm Welcome Remarks

3:10 pm Reflections & Readings

3:35 pm Rituals

3:45 pm Closing Remarks

*Photo by Hitomi Silver


The MERI Center is founded in the belief that, in a life of both blessings and struggles, a central opportunity for us all is to find meaning and our proper place in the Universe. Within our families and society, a core responsibility is to be of service to each other, helping those we love to face living with consciousness and comfort, and dying with peace.

Building on the traditional strengths of cultures around the world and on the modern medical expertise of UCSF, the MERI Center is committed to making good care for people facing serious illness routine. Although we all wish to live lives as long and as happy as possible, inevitably, a healthy society includes normalizing and humanizing the inevitable processes of dying in our community.

To build a healing community, the MERI Center works to support patients facing serious illness, to train family and volunteer caregivers, to promote the competence and openness of professional health care teams, and to bring an openness to how our community sees death via the core domains of adult education imparting knowledge, developing skills, and fostering healthy attitudes.

UCSF Division of Palliative Medicine

We are committed to our mission to advance and innovate in clinical care, education and research in palliative care. Our goal is to discover, define and promote the highest quality of care and quality of life for people with serious illness and their loved ones. As we like to say, our focus is to help people with serious illness, “live as well as possible for as long as possible.” We are proud of our wide reaching, longstanding, and high quality clinical services available in our hospitals, clinics, cancer center, patient homes, and via telemedicine. Consistent with the core principles of palliative care and its focus on the whole person and family, the DPM includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, researchers, and staff committed to promoting our vital mission.

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