SPEAKER | GRIEVER | ADVOCATE
Certifications and Training
Home Hospice Care - Adults
Home Hospice Care - Children
Leadership Coaching - CTI
Deathcaring Accreditation - Beyond Yonder
Orphan Wisdom Scholar - Stephen Jenkinson
Certified Funeral Celebrant - CCOAC
Mental Health First Aid Certification
Workplace Mental Health Prevention Certification
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist - The Grief Recovery Institute
I met a man one blurry night in Manhattan, and little did I know, he would be the soil in which my passion for grief work was to be planted. He had been rejected by his family for his life choices and was preparing for death without them. Helping him through his struggle to come to terms with his love for them and in turn his forgiveness while carrying the heavy weight of going through treatments. While coming to terms with his lonely death and grief was heartbreaking, it literally set me in activism mode.
It was shortly after his death, I completed training in Palliative Care Home Hospice. I volunteered in men’s homes for 5 years before the medications became reliable and being gay wasn’t always breaking family ties. Some of the most amazing times I have had in my life have been in the homes of dying. Strange, yes.. but so beautifully honest and raw.
I then completed the Children’s Palliative Care Training and dove into the heartbrokenness of dying children. It is in these years I really came to understand just how fickle death can be and how difficult it is to face death and grief. I was in awe that in times we would consider the most unimaginable, that we are able to find glimmers of beauty, cracks of light and the nourishment in tears.
Since then, I have been studying the importance of Community inside Deathcaring and Grief. This journey, while weaved with the loss of my own loved ones, was solidified by my participation in the Orphan Wisdom School. This 2 year scholarship took me into the depths of what death requires from us, the importance of our ancestors and community and how grief serves future generations.
Today, I support individuals and groups as a Grief Recovery Specialist. I speak regularly on podcasts and have started working with organizations on creating grief advocacy programs.