Lorraine Hedtke, Ph.D., MSW, ACSW, LCSW, specializes in working with people who are dying and families after a loved one has died. She is employed by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care as a Bereavement Services Manger for the Inland Empire in California. She regularly teaches nationally and internationally about death, dying and bereavement and narrative therapy and will appear as a panelist on the Hospice Foundation of America’s national teleconference in 2007. Her articles have appeared in numerous professional and trade publications and newspapers. Along with John Winslade, she is the co-author of Re-membering Lives: Conversations with the Dying and the Bereaved (Baywood Press: 2004). Her recent children’s book, My Grandmother is Always With Me, is co-authored with her teen aged daughter, Addison.
Lorraine’s work represents a departure from conventional ways in which death and grief are thought of. Her teaching and writing embodies innovative post-modern theory and practical applications about “re-membering conversations”. This relational way of thinking about grief affirms that our stories can potentially transcend our physical limitations as living points of strength, resource and love. Further information and articles can be found at www.rememberingpractices.com.