Dr. Kriss Kevorkian has a deep understanding of how we should engage in the grieving process. ~Dr. Barbara Spring, Co-Founder with Dr. Ira Byock of the Missoula Demonstration Project featured in the PBS special with Bill Moyers, On our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying.
Dr. Kriss Kevorkian has been involved in the of end-of-life care field for over 20 years. She’s worked as a hospice social worker, an end-of-life care educator and a deputy coroner. While working as a hospice medical social worker, offering emotional support and counseling to terminally ill patients, including young children to elders, and their families, Dr. Kevorkian was awarded Certificates of Recognition for Outstanding Social Work Service from political figures in California.
Dr. Kevorkian is one of a handful of people in the United States with a doctorate in thanatology, the study/science of death, dying and bereavement, from an accredited university.
In addition to her “hands on” end-of-life care, Kriss has worked in academia, lecturing and teaching classes on aging, trauma, end-of-life care, death, bereavement, grief and loss to graduate and undergraduate university students, as well as medical and mental health professionals.
Some of Dr. Kevorkian’s voluntary end-of-life care activities included:
- Co-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee,
- Chair of the Death and Dying Subcommittee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee,
- Co-Chair of the San Fernando Valley End of Life Care Coalition,
- Board Member for the Southern California Chapter of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Dr. Kevorkian worked with a medical education speaker’s group presenting end-of-life care topics to physicians throughout Central and Southern California. Her most requested presentation was Physician Assisted Suicide.
Kriss continues to further her education through the The Foundation for Shamanic Studies where she has taken the following workshops:
- The Basic Workshop in Core Shamanism
- Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond
- Shamanism and the Spirits of Nature
- Weather Shamanism
Dr. Kevorkian managed to come full circle in researching and defining the terms environmental grief and ecological grief. This research allows her the opportunity to combine her love for whales and the environment with her passion for thanatology. In conducting her research, Kriss found political parties manipulating terms intended to protect the environment. Scientists and professors encouraged her to “protect” these terms.
The photo was taken by Brian Smith.
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