Kim Mooney, Founder Practically Dying
Certified Thanatologist, founder of Practically Dying, TV and radio show host and author, Kim Mooney has won national awards for innovative approaches to death support and education, most recently the international Association of Death Education and Counseling’s 2018 Community Educator award.
Prior to founding Practically Dying in 2014, Kim worked for more than two decades within hospice at local, state and national levels. During those years, she cultivated a broad set of skills in end-of-life care, crisis intervention and grief support, recognizing that deaths of all kinds in all communities require different kinds of emotional, spiritual and mental understanding and assistance. She also learned deeply that the most important thing about death is the life that comes before it.
As an independent consultant for faith communities, educational institutions, civic and community groups, medical and health care agencies, and mental health organizations, Kim has created and facilitated programs for school districts, corporations, caregiver and volunteer organizations, faith communities and other community groups.
Kim has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, President of the Board of Conversations on Death in Boulder County. Kim also works with the Colorado Advance Directives Consortium’s initiative to provide education about the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) in Colorado, The Conversation Project in Boulder County, and both independently and with Compassion and Choices providing information and support for Colorado’s End of Life Options Act (Medical Aid in Dying). She also sits on the ethics committee of Boulder Community Health and The Denver Hospice.
A published author and in-demand public speaker, Kim has won awards for innovative approaches to family grief support and death education initiatives, has hosted the local TV series, Living Fully, Dying Well, and hosts a quarterly radio show on death and dying on KGNU 88.5 FM/1390 AM Community Radio.
Practically Dying is an ally of the LBGTQ+ community and works with the Latino community to provide end-of-life decision-making education.
Committed to changing perspectives
Today, as a Certified Thanatologist and founder of Practically Dying in Boulder County, Colorado, Kim lives her life committed to changing our cultural and personal perceptions of death as an insulting tragedy into one of respectful recognition of its rightful and inevitable part in our lives.