Press Release – Death, Dying, and Grief: Avenues for Healthy Communication Help Children and Adults

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine, June 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Blazing new paths in the field of thanatology, Lynne Tobin, Andrea Warnick, and Katherine Murray spearhead distinctive programs for people to think, learn, and communicate about death, dying, and bereavement.

Lynne Tobin, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), works extensively with individuals and families during end of life journeys.

Tobin also facilitates group discussions on subjects as diverse as writing advanced directives, near death experiences, and views on life after death. “Death Cafe” discussions are held in local settings—a small restaurant, tearoom, or coffee shop—because she noticed “Participants feel more comfortable asking questions and sharing ideas in a casual environment.”

Tobin, in private practice in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, offers individual and group counseling, and specializes in anxiety and depression.  She advocates for patient-directed care in the state legislature and holds two masters’ degrees, one in education and one in counseling, and also studied thanatology at Hood College.

Andrea Warnick specializes in helping children who are experiencing the serious illness, dying, or death of someone they care about.

As an advocate for providing well-informed support for grieving children, Warnick counsels individuals, families, groups, and professionals. Her counseling and educational offerings include in person, webinars, and phone- and Skype-based counseling, making her accessible to clients throughout Canada, the U.S., and beyond.

Warnick is sought out by organizations for her dynamic presentation style and innate ability to help audiences feel at ease while exploring intensely difficult topics related to dying, death, and grief. Based in Toronto, Warnick received her master’s degree in thanatology from Hood College, adding to her credentials as a registered nurse.

Katherine Murray’s company, Life and Death Matters, opens channels of communication in palliative care and hospice for patients, families, caregivers, and professionals.

Murray’s life-long commitment to transforming palliative care through education and enlightenment is palpable in her prolific speaking, writing, and teaching.

Murray is a certified hospice palliative care nurse and a fellow in thanatology with a master’s degree in thanatology from Hood College; she recently released to the U.S. market the textbook and workbook: Essentials in Palliative Care: A Resource for Nursing Assistants. Murray’s blend of leadership, clinical and psycho-social expertise, along with her sense of humor, makes her a popular guest speaker for local, national, and international conferences.

Lynne Tobin, Andrea Warnick, and Katherine Murray are committed to action as champions of healthy communication in the field of thanatology. They are rewriting death education and blazing trails as death-doulas, blending compassion, insight, and professional expertise, to help people understand death—as a normal part of life.

 

Contact Lynne Tobin: Email; Facebook: Lynne Tobin LPC.

Contact Andrea Warnick: Website: andreawarnick.com; Facebook: Andrea Warnick Consulting.

Contact Katherine Murray: Email; Phone (Canada): (250) 652-6781 and toll free (Canada): (888) 788-6781; website:lifeanddeathmatters.ca. Books from Life and Death Matters are available on Amazon.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Lynne Tobin
(860) 966-3294
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A family pet cemetery in the front yard

Walking in the town of Barnwell Alberta a few weeks ago I saw this family pet cemetery.  The messages are clear: “we love our pets, we will remember and honour them, kids matter, their feelings matter, and we can help them honour those they miss”.  I wondered “Who are these parents, what experiences brought them to a place of knowing the importance of remembering, how did they decide to build a pet cemetery in their front yard?”  Wow.  Good work.  Next time I am in Barnwell, I think I will go and meet them.

What did you do when you were a kid and your pets died?  Or what have you done as a parent when the  family pets have died?

Kath