Hello! I am the founder and director of On Bright Wings. I am a Certified Thanatologist (death and grief specialist) and trained End-of-Life Doula, Registered Drama Therapist (and Board-Certified Trainer), Certified Dementia Practioner, and trained Grief Facilitator. I work in your home or my office, and in hospice and facility settings with patients who are aging and/or at the end of their lives. At bedside, I use a unique blend of Drama Therapy with other creative arts methods, and End-of-Life Doula techniques, such as reminiscence, legacy work, and therapeutic guidance through suggested topics designed to attain peace and acceptance at the end of life.
I am trained to guide and support you and your family before, during, and after death. Before, I educate and prepare for the end of life, including Advance Directive assistance and estate planning resources, education and support for those with dementia and their caregivers, and spiritual and therapeutic guidance to prepare for the death experience. During, I guide and assist at bedside to minimize fear and anxiety and enhance understanding of the dying process, and after I am there to guide loved ones through after-death care (i.e., low-cost home funeral and burial options) and bereavement.
As a Registered Drama Therapist, I specialize in action techniques using drama, art, and music for personal growth, emotional expression, and skills training. I have over 30 years experience leading educational, therapeutic, spiritual, and creative groups for adults, teens, and children. As a Board-Certified Trainer, I am an adjunct professor at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, and I’ve taught at California State University Los Angeles, and through UCLA Extension’s Pathway Program. I present my work at conferences all over the United States and Europe. My teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate university levels and post-graduate institutes ensures that the workshops and inservices I teach to your staff and clients are informative and enjoyable.
On Bright Wings is the place where I bring all of my skills together to serve the elderly, the dying, and the grieving, as well as their families and loved ones. With offices in Santa Monica and Pasadena, I serve the entire Los Angeles area, and I’m here to help guide you through all your end of life needs. I welcome the chance to meet with you, your family, and your loved ones to talk about how On Bright Wings can guide and support you through this end of life journey and beyond. Call anytime to schedule a free phone consultation.
The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not 'get over' the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.--Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler (Authors of On Grief and Grieving)
Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight. She helps us to discover what matters most. And the good news is we don’t have to wait until the end of our lives to realize the wisdom death has to offer.--Frank Ostaseski (Author of The Five Invitations)
Trisha@onbrightwings.com or call 818/667-1641.