Donna Authers has a passion for applying her natural caregiving skills to help bring hope and healing to hurting people. These skills have been honed through her sacred walks with others and her leadership in Stephen Ministry, Community Bible Study, OSL Healing Ministry, and with Hospice. She is a gifted teacher and, as such, has trained and mentored other volunteers to develop their own caregiving skills to serve others.
Over the years, Donna has been regularly invited into the homes of many families learning to accept death and has accompanied them throughout the grieving process. She has worked closely with hospice organizations, counselors, social workers and clergy, and has been an advocate for others dealing with the medical system and government agencies.
After earning a B.S. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, the author enjoyed a highly successful business career in international marketing and sales management for nearly thirty years with the IBM Corporation. She retired after meeting her husband on a business trip to Paris in 1991 and has never looked back. It seems as if God had a bigger plan for her life, and what she thought was her career she now views as her training ground.
She moved from the business world to full-time volunteer work in 1992, and today continues to devote much of her time to caring ministries. Helping others cope with new chapters in their lives and finding renewed enthusiasm for the future is a key element in her work.
Donna is committed to helping others learn how to dispel their fear of death and the dying process. By sharing the stories of those who have completed their sacred walks on earth, she hopes one day all will understand that hospice is for the living and nothing to be feared.
More importantly, she offers A Sacred Walk as a tool readers can use to open a necessary dialogue among their family members and friends. To that end, she has prepared a complementary Discussion Guide to facilitate conversation about various aspects of this very important topic. For your copies, return to the Home page for ordering options.
Donna values feedback from her readers and appreciates when they take time to share their own experiences with her. She is also available to give talks on a variety of subjects from living without regrets to preparing ourselves for end-of-life care.
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