I have experienced fascinating conversations about life and death . . . tragic, beautiful, prof0und, simple conversations.
Personally and professionally I have been exploring the deep connections between life and death for nearly thirty years.
The death of my brother in 1980 ultimately led me to my social mission.
I believe in the power of both listening and conversation.
I completed my Masters of Social Work to provide emotional and spiritual support to hospice patients and their families. My thesis was titled, “Searching for Meaning: Moving Toward an Understanding of Death and Spirituality”. I have witnessed the strength and beauty of the human spirit before, during and after the dying process . . . there is no need to wait for transformative conversations about life and death. To encourage these courageous conversations I have published peer reviewed articles and my award winning book ” living life dying death . . . a guide to healthy conversations about death and dying to inspire life and living”. I am a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
I believe in the power of music.
I completed two certifications to bring therapeutic music to the bedside for healing and end of life care. “Life Beyond Words” is the title of my instrumental harp CD that provides an atmosphere of peacefulness, relaxation and comfort. I enjoy all music and believe that “healing” music is music YOU like.
I believe in the power of love.
I am grateful for the love of my supportive husband of thirty years: Matthew J Taylor, PT, PhD; my wonderful children:
Emily, Adam and Anthony; my father and sisters: Ray, Elizabeth and Melissa; along with my extended family and friends.
Love Remains: In memory of my mother Ardys and brother Tony ~ whose lives and deaths transformed me.
I believe the power of death inspires me to live life.
I’m . . . living life loving . . .
friendship, chocolate, travel, wine, orchids, yoga, harps, coffee, laughter, and tears.
I believe in the power of connection.
. . . living life dying death . . .