I like to say that doing end of life work is in my blood and in my soul. After receiving my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1993, I began working as a hospice social worker in Los Angeles. I fell in love with this work and I knew that I had found my calling.
I have helped hundreds of people and families through the dying process. I no longer work as a social worker, but rather as an end of life guide. I have studied Thai massage, yoga and meditation which influence my work. I feel the most alive when I guide the dying on their journey.
The first hospice facility in the US is in my hometown, Branford, CT. My grandfather and mayor of Branford, John Sliney, fought to have Connecticut Hospice built there. He believed that the dying deserve to be treated with dignity and compassion. I am carrying on his vision by working to change how we view and do death. My advocacy work is incredibly important to me and I am excited to see that the US and other countries are finally becoming aware of the need for change in end of life issues.