Terri Daniel- Why She’s Known As Dr. Death

I’ve known Dr. Daniel for several years. We have worked together on workshops and teaching courses. I’ve learned so much from her during our time together. In today’s interview, we discuss toxic theology and how it can complicate the dying and grief processes. We also discuss her incredible book, A Swan In Heaven. The audio version of the book has just been released on the sixteenth anniversary of her son Danny’s death.

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 at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Terri is also the founder of The Conference on Death, Grief and Belief and the Ask Doctor Death podcast. She is also the author of four death, grief, and beyond books.

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

Terri’s websites:



Spirituality and Grief

End-of-Life Education and Bereavement Support

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