Judith M. Stillion, PhD, CT, is professor emerita of psychology and currently serves as a consultant on a variety of issues, including end-of-life issues, meaningful aging, positive psychology applied to grieving and dying, and strategic planning and facilitation of grief groups. Her varied career includes teaching and counseling in the public schools and at the university level. She began teaching the psychology of death and dying in 1975 and continued for more than 20 years. She also served as associate and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Western Carolina University, associate vice president for academic affairs in the University of North Carolina system, and founding director of the Institute for Leadership, Ethics & Character at Kennesaw State University. She is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and recipient of both their Death Educator and Contributions to the Field awards. She has written three books and numerous chapters and articles in her field of expertise, which includes suicide across the life span, aging, positive psychology applied to grief groups, and gender issues in death and grief.
Thomas Attig, PhD, is the author of Catching Your Breath in Grief...and Grace Will Lead You Home (2012), The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love (2000), How We Grieve: Relearning the World (2011), and numerous articles and reviews on grief and loss, care of the dying, suicide intervention, death education, expert witnessing in wrongful death cases, the ethics of interactions with the dying, and the nature of applied philosophy. He spent the greater part of his career (1972-1995) as professor of philosophy (now emeritus) at Bowling Green State University, where he served as department chair for 11 years and established the first PhD in applied philosophy in the world in 1987. A past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, he has also served as vice chair of the board of directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. He holds degrees in philosophy from Northwestern University (BA) and Washington University in St. Louis (MA and PhD). He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and devotes his time to writing and speaking. He invites you to visit his web site at www.griefsheart.com.