Certifications, Training &
Eldercare/ End-of-Life Care
Private Practice - Since 2007
Hospice Hawaii, Physician Community Liaison
Hospice Maui, Community Outreach Liaison
Presbyterian Medical Services Hospice Santa Fe, NM
Certified in Thanatology - Death, Dying and Bereavement
Association for Death Education and Counseling - Since 2015
I've witnessed families and individuals give incredible care and found you don't have to be a medical professional to be a caregiver for an aging parent or spouse. The fact that you care about them the most, are taking the time to look at a website such as this, and considering your next steps, makes you most qualified.
And yet, the process and the amount of work involved in caregiving can oftentimes be overwhelming. You are not expected to have expertise or feel comfortable doing something you've never done before. And there will most likely come a time when getting help and consulting those who have done it will be important.
I lost my mom as a teenager. She had end-stage cancer and chose no chemo or radiation therapy. With the guidance of a knowledgeable doctor, our family eventually brought in hospice care, allowing her to die peacefully in our home. Caring for her was one of the most difficult things I've ever done. And being with her as she took her last breath was also one of the most important things I've ever done. It was a sacred time, as were others' last moments who I have been honored to be with as they transition. It's amazing to see what we, as humans, are capable of.
I began learning as much as possible about aging and the dying process. It seemed strange to me that we all go through it, but also have a natural aversion to discussing it. The topic of dying, especially losing someone we love is such a sensitive topic. Even though we know it is a natural part of life, it is not easy.
Starting with eldercare volunteering, then hospice volunteering, a 16 year long career in massage therapy, end-of-life caregiving, and hospice work, I have become passionate about coaching caregivers, educating about death, embracing those who are approaching their last part of life, and quality end-of-life care.
B.S. in Kinesiology & Exercise Physiology
UT Austin - 2001
Licensed Massage Therapist
Hawaii State License
National Board Certified 2000-2016
Palliative Care for Persons Living with Dementia
Laurel Coleman, MD. Honolulu, HI March 9, 2018
International Death Doula Training, Maui
Makawao, HI April 25-29, 2018
The Conversation Project Presentation
Rev. Rosemary Lloyd. Honolulu, HI February 21, 2018
Queen's Medical Center Pain & Palliative Care Conference
Kaneohe, HI November 9, 2017
Advance Care Planning
Dawn Minaai, MD. Honolulu, HI June 23,2017
Doorway Into Light: Journey with Death
Haiku, HI February 1-22, 2016
Frank Ostaseski Seminar, Hospice Maui
Wailuku, HI January 25, 2015
Hospice Maui Training Program, 35 hr. 2-week Intensive
Wailuku, HI July 7-19, 2014
Doorway Into Light: Deep Caregiving to the Dying
Makawao, HI April 13, 2014
Upaya Zen Center: With Eyes Wide Open
Frank Ostaseski & Roshi Joan Halifax
Santa Fe, NM September 10-12, 2010