About Lani

Lani Leary

Lani Leary, Ph.D. specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients.  She has worked for more than 30 years as a psychotherapist in private practice, as a chaplain in the intensive care unit of a hospital, and as a counselor in 8 hospices across the country.

She served as the director of mental health services at an AIDS clinic, as a professor of Death Studies at George Mason University, and as a researcher at the National Cancer Institute of NIH.  Lani has spoken nationally at over 250 conferences including the American Holistic Medical Association, Virginia Association of Hospices, Spirituality and Healthcare, International Sudden Infant Death Symposium, and Omega Institute of Holistic Studies.

She is the author of Healing Hands, an internationally best-selling audio tape about therapeutic touch and complimentary approaches to pain management.  She is certified in grief therapy, EMDR, hypnotherapy, and Critical Incident Stress Management.

Her latest book, No One Has To Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death, was released in April 2012 by Simon & Schuster Publishing Co.  It was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Books for a Better Life Award.  She writes a column, “Healing Tears” for LifeNet Health Services and “No One Has To Be Alone” on the Psychology Today webpage.

Most recently at the 4th Annual “PHorum: Perspectives in Healthcare,” Lani was the keynote speaker on the subject of end-of-life. Her talk about making a difference at the end of our loved one’s life is included below: