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 ever-changing identities, attachments,  losses and gifts, and things turned out to be anything but typical. I found myself being gently but firmly led away from the world of matter toward the world of spirit, and 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.

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 starlight from the cosmos. In the last 13 years I've published four books, produced 12 conferences, earned three academic degrees, helped hundreds of people learn to live, die and grieve more consciously, and found a way to reconcile atheism with mysticism.

At the age when most people are retiring, I'm just getting started.

End-of-Life Education and Bereavement Support


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Dr. Terri Daniel is an interfaith hospice chaplain, end-of-life educator and grief counselor 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.  She conducts workshops throughout the U.S. and teaches in the interreligious chaplaincy program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Terri is also the founder of The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief, The Afterlife Conference, and the Ask Doctor Death podcast.

Over the years Terri has helped people throughout the world to learn to live, die and grieve more consciously. Her work is acclaimed  by hospice professionals, therapists, theologians, academics and spiritual seekers.

Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

She 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)

Terri's 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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