Rev. Dr. Terri Daniel

End-of-Life Education | Bereavement Support
​Certified in Death, Dying and Bereavement, ADEC
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. IATP

There's a famous quote (sometimes attributed to Abraham Lincoln) that says, "After age 40, you're responsible for your face." I'm well past 40 now, and I not only want to be responsible for the story told by my face, but to be utterly transparent and fearlessly revealed in the world.

​And I have lived in many worlds.

My 25-year career as a marketing consultant for corporate America enabled me to acquire the usual trophies, including clients with private jets, a glittering group of famous friends, a massive mortgage and a couple of divorces. I was the quintessential upwardly-mobile young executive.

Fast-forward a couple of decades through a dizzying succession of identities, locations, relationships, losses and gifts, and things turned out to be anything but typical. Apparently my spirit guides, in partnership with the intention of my own soul, decided to gently but firmly lead me away from the world of matter toward the world of spirit.

But there was one gift that stood out above the rest... my amazing son Danny, who spent half his life severely disabled from a rare metabolic disorder, and started communicating with me after his death at age 16. His guidance -- in this world and the next -- changed everything.

​As Einstein said, it turns out that the Universe is friendly.

I could never have imagined the world I live in today. My life's work is focused on teaching people how to perceive death, grief and loss in a new way. Instead of schmoozing with the stars in L.A., I teach meditations based on breathing in the starlight from the cosmos. In the last 12 years I've published four books, earned three academic degrees, found a way to reconcile atheism with mysticism, and helped hundreds of people learn to live, die and grieve more consciously.

End-of-Life Education and Bereavement Support


Terri Daniel, DMin, CT,CCTP is an interfaith clinical chaplain, trauma specialist and end-of-life educator certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling and in trauma support by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Her work focuses on assisting dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually-spacious understanding of death and beyond.

Terri conducts workshops throughout the U.S. to help the dying and the bereaved find healing through meditative, ritual and therapeutic processes that focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Her books and workshops are acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors, religious scholars and the bereaved for their pinpoint clarity on loss and bereavement.  

Terri's interest in the journey of the soul through birth and death began at age 12 when she began having mystical visions that sparked a lifelong interest in spirituality. But it wasn't until the death of her 16 year-old son in 2006 that she immersed herself in studying multi-cultural religious traditions and metaphysical practices that help the dying and the living find healing through meditative and ritual processes that open a conduit to other dimensions. Her unique form of "radical mysticism" incorporates elements of Buddhism, Shamanism, ancient pagan practices, gnostic Christianity and other spiritual traditions to break down limiting beliefs about forgiveness, divine judgment and negative experience.

Terri is the author of four books on death and the afterlife:

​A Swan in Heaven: Conversations Between Two Worlds (2007)
Embracing Death: A New Look at Grief, Gratitude and God (2010)
Turning the Corner on Grief Street: Loss and Trauma as a Journey to Awakening (2014)
Grief and God: When Religion Does More Harm Than Healing (2019)

She is also the founder of the annual Conference on Death and Afterlife StudiesHer academic credentials include a B.A. in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an M.A. in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a DMin from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

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