But Why Should I Trust You?
It’s OK if you don’t.
Trust is a big thing – like death. It takes a little time.
Poke around here a little more. Check me out.
The expiration inspiration blog will give you an idea of what I’m like and how I view things.
Up next, I’ll tell you why I do this and share some of my credentials.
The work you do will make my job easier. – Funeral Director
First off, I want to help. I want us to accept and prepare for death.
That happens through:
I help people do that before they think they need to.
I’m not here to sell life insurance, legal products, financial planning packages, or identity protection. I don’t want to store your most personal information or sell it. I’ve no desire to charge you an annual fee.
I want to help you ensure your wishes are heard.
Do you want to die at home?
Does your well-loved cat have a caretaker plan?
Who should get your grandmother’s ring?
And the really fun part, creating a bucket list you love.
Are you a solid facts kind of person? Here are some credentials, details about the letters after my name, and a few accomplishments. For the story fans, learn more about me at the The Lively Death Lady.
Many moons ago, I jumped the academic hoops to get a Masters in Library Science from Indiana University. So basically, if I don’t know the information, I know how to look it up, and I do.
Before I became the “Lively Death Lady”, I had 25 years experience supporting and educating people about the challenging, emotion-filled topics of birth and sex – for a multinational corporation and a non-profit organization, and as an academic and independent. So yeah, I’m really a life-cycle educator, completing the circle now as a death and dying educator.
I keep up-to-date on trends, innovative processes, and environmentally-friendly options. I really dig attending and presenting at conferences, reading journals, and asking questions of those smarter than me – including enlightening interviews with over 100 professionals about death and dying.
In 2016, I co-founded the Before I Die Festival in Louisville Kentucky. This “festival for the living about dying” brings the community together for education, activism, entertainment, and community-building events.
In 2018, Bloomington, Indiana was added to the Before I Die Festival family. I serve as Director of that community-wide event, increasing awareness of the issues and encouraging conversation.
I was a Compassion and Choices Board Member here in Indiana. I advocate for medical aid in dying. I feel it is an option that should be available for people who desire that control of their own death. I designed a statewide educational campaign for our communities and led many of those outreach programs.
In 2017, I was invited to serve as a Health Ambassador of All Policies at the Institute for Healthy Air, Water, and Soil for my work supporting healthy decision making around our deaths.
I’ve been honored to be a member of the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC), a professional organization of grief therapists, college educators, funeral directors, death doulas, and a few death educators similar to myself. The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association has been invaluable. The personal connections I’ve made as well as awareness of a variety of options thanks to their extensive conference expo keep me sharp. Thanks to the wealth of information learned through them I can pass it along to you.
Thanks to the Doing Death Differently training program that exceeds guidelines for hospice volunteer and staff training, I am a Certified End of Life Specialist, which has given me greater insight on the dying process and the needs of the dying.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has been a supportive and educational resource for best practices, ensuring I can meet your needs, and how to best stay in touch.