Circle Home in Kingston, NY

Welcome to Jim & Lisa’s Circle Home

comfort and care at the end of life

Our Vision

Circle of Friends for the Dying (CFD) envisions a society that mindfully accepts death as a part of everyday life by extending compassionate end-of-life care to those in need. We’ve seen firsthand how the opportunity to serve the dying by providing a home and a circle of support opens hearts and enhances all our lives.

Our Mission

The mission of CFD is nothing less than creating a safe, comfortable, home-like space where individuals, with a prognosis of three months or less to live, can dwell in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility at their end of life. Cared for by trained staff and community volunteers, these individuals and their loved ones can be assured of round-the-clock attention to their needs.

Our Goal

CFD is chartered to open the first comfort-care home for the dying in the Mid-Hudson Valley, a goal made possible by the bequeathment of a lovely house owned by the late Jim Gohlke. Jim & Lisa's Circle Home, to open in 2022, will support two residents at a time in well-appointed ADA-compliant living quarters and accommodations for visitors.

“The vision of establishing a ‘good place to die’ is about our innate capacity to care for one another. It is about changing the ways we think, talk about, relate to, and care for those who are dying. It’s about creating a good place to live.”

Elise Lark, PhD, LCSW, APHSW-C

What you can find on the website

Find out more about the Mid-Hudson Valley’s first Home for the Dying.

Creating a compassionate circle of support for people experiencing the challenges of living through terminal conditions—illness and incapacitation, a loss of independence, and a foreshortened future—takes time, money, and education. 

Learn more about the founders of Circle of Friends for the Dying and the dedicated Board of Directors and volunteer Advisors behind this endeavor here.

CFD’s blog, Full Circle, offers articles on advance planning, death literacy, personal essays, interviews, poetry, and book reviews to educate and inspire hope and peace at the end of life.

CFD also hosts monthly Death Cafés, an opportunity for you to participate in private, intimate conversations, both online or in person (someday soon), about the taboo subjects of dying and death. You’ll come away feeling comforted and connected.

Finally, find out more about how you can donate to CFD’s mission, either via monetary funding or by volunteering your time. We have an ambitious goal to reach $650,000 by March 2022, to open Circle Home and keep it up and running. Your support is vital! 

Got more questions? Get answers at FAQ and check out our helpful Resources page. Also, receive periodic updates about what’s coming next by requesting our quarterly newsletter at and following us on Facebook at Circle of Friends Hudson Valley and CFD Death Cafe.   

Thanks for your ongoing and generous support!