Tina is a photo artist who had a significant fear of death. A $2 book on the clearance rack changed her life. She no longer fears death, and has taken on a Ph.D project to let others talk about their beliefs about death and what happens when we die.
She shares these stories (and her brilliant portrait photography) on her website
She is a pioneer. She wants to decrease the fear people have around death. Breaking down barriers about end of life conversations. What is death? What happens when we die? Because of her experience reading/talking with others about near death experiences, she has changed her beliefs.
We need more pioneers in this area. Death is a normal part of the circle of life. We should be able to talk about death as easily as we talk about birth, weddings, graduations…any other normal life process.
If we can have these conversations, we can diminish our cultural fear of death, and encourage more conversation about what individuals really want (or don’t want) when faced with a life limiting illness.
It’s all about quality, whatever that means to an individual, and our job as family members/friends/advocates is to uphold the wishes of those we love. Death is an amazing teacher.
You can connect with the Death Letter Project on the website, or the Facebook Page:
Kelli is a devoted daughter. She became a caregiver for her mom when she was in her 20’s and her Mom was in her 50’s. She also had a 16 year old brother at the time. She didn’t know she was a family caregiver, she just thought she was doing what daughter’s do.
Her years of caregiving exposed her to so many issues other family caregivers come across, that she changed careers to help others. After 11 years operating a home care business, she has branched out yet again. Her online company, TheDevotedDaughter.com offers resources and support for other family caregivers.
Kelli tells us what she thinks is the number one issue that affects families. She’ll also share with you some other tips for making this time of life easier for you and your loved ones.
The death of her father shocked Ann Neumann. Not that he died, but the first hand experience of death. Was his death “a good death”? This set her on a path to learn. And now she is on a path to enlighten others.