Trish has been curious about death since childhood and her dad was always willing to talk with her about it. As she grew older, she realized that many people were not comfortable talking about death. She found that being able to talk and listen about death was a gift to those who wanted to explore it.
Trish became a Registered Nurse in 1982 and often thought about hospice nursing. Death enters many conversations and experiences in nursing, but she didn’t become a hospice nurse until 2009. She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse and have maintained that certification. Her hospice experience is from a 15-bed VA in-patient unit where many people seemed to not give death much thought even in the most basic ways of naming surrogate decision-makers or telling their families what their wishes were. When that happened, families often felt confused or burdened by decisions. This led to her active involvement with Conscious Dying Institute learning to use The Best Three Months tool. She’s taught individuals and groups finding that it brings about a renewed interest in living life to its fullest.
Normalizing death and keeping it sacred are dual passions for Trish. The way people think about it, talk about it and live their lives because of it, matters. One part of her work as a Conscious Dying Doula and Educator is about naming choices, giving people a way to explore their preferences, and helping them write a plan. Another part of her work is holding space, giving comfort, and advocating for a natural death when the time comes. Trish continuously updates her knowledge by attending seminars and reading books. She offers healing modalities and referrals as needed.