I am a cancer survivor, hospice volunteer (Pathways Home Care and Hospice, husband, father, devotee of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and Native American Flute, and Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University. In 2009 I was named by the Hospice Volunteer Association “Volunteer of the Year.”
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For more than 25 years I taught, provided therapy, researched, and published in the areas of learning, change, loss, and end of life issues.
I have published six books, written numerous articles and delivered more than 100 lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Latin America and Asia.
My books have been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, and Portuguese. Currently, I write, consult on issues of change, offer training to hospices, and lead workshops for adults whose lives were suddenly and traumatically changed.
I am currently working on Terminal: Easing Transitions at the End of Life. Terminal views death as a process which begins with a terminal diagnosis and ends with the recovery of joy. I provides practical suggestions for easing a loved one’s death and as a result, reduce the severity and duration of grief.
I am also working on a novel, To Each His Own, that traces a man’s life and the choices he made from the time he was 9 years old in Buchenwald through his last few hours in a San Francisco hospice.