About Amyra Braha
I never considered death education as a career. In fact, it’s safe to say I came into this work with a lot of resistance. What I felt however was a deep calling, and one I could not ignore. The beautiful surprise in doing this work is that I get to experience profound joy.
My journey into this work has been the culmination of years of seemingly unrelated preparation. It also required I return to school, give up almost every aspect of my life as I knew it, and learn the graceful art of surrendering to what is. I can honestly say that I have become a more balanced, loving and joyful person. And, I did it by releasing my grief and in turn experiencing a deep, soulful healing. What I have come to understand through my own experience and through the work I have done with others, is that grief release is an important part of the healing journey. And it is in healing that we find peace.
I have been involved with hospice for over ten years and in my capacity as a Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor, I work with patients and families who are facing the end of life. It is always my intention to assist each one of them to find their peace.
My private practice as a spiritual counselor and grief educator focuses on working with individuals both in person or by phone, teaching classes, leading workshops, and speaking on all aspects of life transitions and transformation, loss, death, dying and bereavement.
Prior to working in hospice I spent twenty-five years as a developer and manager of educational programs, publishing books and magazines, producing documentaries, and designing and leading workshops on health and wellness for various international organizations, government agencies, non-profit groups, and major corporations.
I am a Certified Grief Counselor through the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, www.aihcp.org. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Psychology, with additional advanced study in Consciousness, Health and Healing from the University of Santa Monica, www.gousm.edu.
In 2009, I was certified and conferred as a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling.
Active participation in my community has always been important to me and I have been involved with several organizations both in the US and Canada. I currently serve on the board of directors of Our Community House of Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to establishing a social-model, end-of-life care home in Ventura County, and also offer training sessions to new hospice volunteers with Hospice of the Conejo in Thousand Oaks, California.