The wonderfully deep rapport you shared with my Mom over the course of her last year of life was inspirational to both my wife and me. It touched our hearts to see how much your visits with her kept her engaged with and determined to squeeze as much joy and meaning out of her remaining time as she could. Your loving and supportive relationship with my Mom reminded us to remain patient and engaged with her on a day to day basis rather than get swept up by our own anxieties as to where and how things would evolve with her. Thus, we too were able to savor many wonderful times with her over those last months.
Additionally, you were a wise and patient sage in helping me deal with a difficult moment that arose with one of my siblings. Different expectations and priorities between my brother and me could have led to much more serious conflicts between us. But you helped me to process my feelings so as to resolve things relatively well.
I am a retired clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in helping others through their own life transitions and problems. Thus, my opinions about your expertise are not just personal. I held, and still hold, your talents in the highest esteem.
Laurel creates a safe and loving space to discuss an issue that is often left undiscussed. After attending a Death and Dying dinner I felt completely alive and inspired by the human experience. The day after the dinner I attended, someone very close to me passed unexpectedly. It was truly a miracle that I was at the dinner the night before as it really opened my heart and soul to be able to process my grief, support myself and find the peace within my tears. Laurel is truly an angel on earth.