Rev. Joel Grossman
Rev. Joel Grossman has been a hospice chaplain for 14 years and is presently Director of Spiritual Services with Constellation Hospice, Newburyport, MA. He has had a private practice as a spiritually based psychotherapist since the late '70s. Joel is a trained Spiritual Director for individuals and groups. He is a faculty member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, an Interfaith seminary, where he brought Spiritual Direction to the curriculum.
Lori is an Art Therapist , Reiki Master, and Journey Practitioner who believes that within each of us is an inner wisdom and the answers to all that we seek, and provides tools to access them. Lori has a diverse background in oncology, hospice and bereavement. She created Soothing through the Senses Integrative Therapies hospice program, and previously conducted the Art and Writing groups in Exeter Hospital Oncology. Lori founded Sacred Oak Healing Services to offer tools to assist those on the journey of healing and transformation. She studies the Lakota Medicine Way and is a third year student in their chaplaincy program.
Janet is motivated by the belief that it's essential for communities to support their most vulnerable members at the end of life. She is the founder and a current board member of Hospice Help Foundation, and served as its Executive Director until her retirement, in 2017. Janet has worked in hospice for over two decades. In 2015, she brought the Death Cafe model of community conversations on end of life to the New Hampshire seacoast area, and now facilitates death cafes at libraries, hospitals, hospices and universities. In 2018, Janet began her encore career as an end of life doula, trained by the International End of Life Doula Association. Janet has been a member of the Spiritual Breakfast Club since it first began.
Johannah is a retired nurse of 40+ years, having spent the last ten working in Hospice. At age 70, she lives with her wife of 24 years, two dogs and a cat in Newmarket and enjoys being the mother of four and grandmother of eight. Johannah is an artist and has worked in water colors, acrylics and oil. She finds beauty and serenity in her surroundings and has captured these in many of her paintings. Johannah finds peace and spiritual growth working in her gardens, tending them throughout the seasons.
An award-winning visual storyteller and presenter, Cynthia sees the extraordinary in the lives of everyday people around us. She uses her skills of narrative, video and still photography, as well as the art of listening and reflection, to help people and organizations distill life stories to their core essence. She creates the end results in a variety of forms - from letters and photo books to video or audio presentations - all which showcase the beauty and meaning of each person’s life. Cynthia is in training to become a Spiritual Director at St. Anthony's Shrine in Boston.