Welcome to Transformation Talk. Every Thursday for a year, starting in September 2012, I’ll post an interview with someone who is a force for good in the world. These men and women have either deepened their passion or found their calling after experiencing a loss, trauma or diagnosis.
I want to broaden the conversation around grief and its transformative power. My hope is that in their words you’ll find echoes of your story. In their inspired actions, you’ll see yourself and your immense possibility.
*Special Request: The technology of Skype is amazing and imperfect. Please listen with your heart and forgive the occasional blips.
This week’s interview is with nationally renowned clinician, educator and end-of-life specialist, Jay Westbrook. (see bio below) Let me tell you, he is no-holds-barred amazing. His personal story is beyond compelling and professionally he’s one of the best. I’m thrilled to have him as part of the series and excited to bring some male energy to the conversation.
One note – in the video I make a comment about drug and alcohol use that I feel could be misinterpreted. I am in no way making light of the horrors of addiction. I simply mean to say that sometimes, as in Jay’s case, it is the fire a person must walk through to become who they truly are.
Running time is just under 30 minutes. Link to download audio version is below.
Jay Westbrook is a multiple award-winning clinician (“Nurse of the Year”), Visiting Faculty Scholar at Harvard Medical School, and a specialist in End-of-Life care & education.
Westbrook has an MS in Gerontology, is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, a Registered Nurse, and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse.
He is nationally recognized as an expert on the constellation of issues surrounding End-of-Life, and both lectures & consults nationally. Westbrook is an informative, entertaining, and inspiring speaker who presents powerfully on the transformative aspects of suffering & forgiveness, and on using suffering as a vehicle to awaken compassion.
G. Jay Westbrook, M.S., R.N. – Clinical Director
An End-of-Life Clinical & Education Service
Organizations for which he has served as a consultant or educator include, but are not limited to:
American College of Physicians
California Assisted Living Association
California Department of Corrections
California Hospice Foundation
City of Hope National Cancer Center
Harvard University School of Medicine
Henry Ford Medical Center – Detroit, MI
Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center
Multiple Los Angeles Schools of Nursing
Penn State University School of Medicine
St. Joseph Medical Center – Burban
St. Jude Medical Center
USC School of Gerontology & Social Work
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S.A.F. Keesler AFB Medical Center
USC Keck School of Medicine
Veteran’s Administration Medical Centers