In my twenties, I read two books that molded me, On Death and Dying (Elisabeth Kubler-Ross) and The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (Sogyal Rinpoche). The former, a theory of the five stages of grief and the second, a practice for how to care for and show love to the dying. Both books prompted me to consider how to live a more meaningful life by contemplating death.
Many years later I made a personal commitment to be of service in this field. This means several things, one of which reflects my work as a hospice volunteer and death educator. Additionally, I have a multifaceted interest in supporting those who suffer from dementia/grief/anxiety/depression/suicidal thoughts, and PTSD. This makes me deeply interested in neuroscience. the mind, psychology, psychotherapy, spirituality, wellness, and related topics.
I’ve studied Buddhist philosophy and practiced meditation for over 25 years and in this time, I have continued to find valuable the qualities of openness, curiosity, compassion, and kindness offered in those studies. It never fails to raise the bar for me and this sets the pace for how I move through the world.
When we deny the topic of death, we miss an important opportunity to experience a bigger possibility and we miss the potential for something better for ourselves.
We don’t get to control how or when we die, but we do get to form a concept of what it would mean to die well and that is a unique expression for each of us.
My aspiration is to inspire curiosity in you, help you consider what a good death might look like and then help you create a comprehensive guide to assist you and your loved ones at the end of life.
Thank you for taking the time to invest in your and your loved ones’ well-being and for helping move the needle in the way we approach death. and care for those who are dying.