How do I learn more about your institutional offerings and request a partnership?
Check out this page for more information on my services and most frequently requested workshops. All services are customized to fit your organization's needs.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you and learning more about your organization.
How can I work with you as an individual or a professional looking to learn more about how to be a stronger anti-racist advocate?
Check out this page for more information on how I work with individuals.
Do you offer traditional grief counseling? If not, then what do you do?
No, and that's for a couple of reasons.
The first is that I only work with groups unless it's executive coaching or consulting.
Second, I don't talk about grief in the traditional sense although my current approach is informed by my work in hospitals and hospices, supporting people through concrete grief and loss. My current focus is on grief-informed anti-racism, and that work is best done within groups.
There are also many amazing Black women offering grief counseling and support around traditional grief and death, it's just not my chosen area of focus.
Check out this post under My Insights to learn more about the type of grief work I do.
What type of training have you done to make you an "expert" on grief?
Well, first, I've been called a grief "expert" on many occasions, but I want to be transparent: no one is an "expert" at losing people and things that they love. I simply share insights from my own experiences.
In addition to completing the 4 years of training required to become a chaplain, I've worked in palliative care, hospitals, and hospices. I've supported the living and the dying through all forms of transitions--not just death.
Check out this post under My Insights to learn more about how chaplains are trained.
Are you a death doula?
I have the utmost respect for death doulas, especially as someone who came into end-of-life care through my experience as a birth doula.
However, I am a Buddhist chaplain.
Chaplains are often confused with death doulas. There's certainly overlap in how we serve.
Check out this post under My Insights to learn more about the differences between death doulas and chaplains.
I thought chaplains were religious. I'm not interested in religious support.
This is probably the most common misconception about chaplains probably because the term is used loosely.
Why would I work with you if I'm not dying?
Chaplaincy is very much about the living. In fact, I spend more time with the living than the dead because the living are the ones grieving.
I support the living through anticipatory, current, and post-loss.
Loss isn't always about imminent death. I've worked with families that are supporting loved ones experiencing long-term memory loss. I've worked in social justice organizations. I've worked in jails. I've worked with individuals around job loss and break ups.
I'm also there for the joyful times that give people something to grieve, such as baby blessings and weddings,
Check out this post under My Insights to see examples of how I've worked with the living.
So, you primarily focus on grief as fear of loss?
Yes, that's my jam!
My deepest desire is to bring awareness to this frequently overlooked form of grief and how it plays a role in our daily lives outside of concrete loss.
I specifically talk about this in relationship to racism, but I've led course topics related to other forms of fear of loss.
Check out this post under My Insights on ways that chaplains can work within your organization.