A self-professed hermit wannabe, Lynn is a product of eclectic educational, professional, and volunteer experiences in the field of ‘People’s Stories’.
During her time as Catholic Charities Director in the Southern Tier of the Diocese of Rochester she was privy to the plight of the homeless, the hungry, the mentally ill, the addicted, the imprisoned, and those marginalized in other ways. Simultaneously studying theology, social policy, and several genres of counseling while working toward her master’s degree at St. Bernard’s Institute in Rochester, and practicing spiritual guidance with a few savvy Sisters of St. Joseph, Lynn tried to make sense of the suffering she saw in so many souls. Failing to do so, she migrated to the more mainstream.
After completing the requirements for certifications as a human resources professional, an ISO-9000 quality process auditor, and an Adventure-Based trainer, Lynn ventured into the corporate world of business management consulting. “Comparatively speaking, fixing a business is far easier than fixing people.” Clients across a very broad spectrum, well-fed, clothed and housed, with money in the bank, were still suffering in the same ways as the less well-fed, clothed and housed. Only the complaints were different. Thinking that if anyone had a reason to kvetch it must be people coping with life-limiting conditions, acute trauma, and those facing their own imminent dying, Lynn decided to enter the field of nursing and received her Registered Professional Nurse license at age 54.
This was the stuff of living and dying close up, and seen through the experiences and stories of her patients. Some met their deaths gracefully and with peace. Others went kicking, screaming, and “raging against the dying of the light” (Dylan Thomas), as well as raging against those around them, through the portal of death.
MindfulDying.com is Lynn’s thank-you to all the teachers who have been good examples and, equally, to those who have been horrible warnings. It behooves us to know the difference. Have you ever behooved?
It is intended that through stories of personal and patient experiences, information about various ‘conditions’, and access to additional resources via the Resources page, we can all have a bit of fun while we continue to prepare for “The Last Great Adventure of This Life”. May we each meet our own dying and death fearlessly and with peaceful anticipation, so as to pass through the portal of death with hearts as light as feathers.