Amita Lhamo (Connee Pike) holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Masters Degree, also in Human Development and Family Studies, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. As a psychotherapist, she specialized in death, dying and grief, as well as trauma, chronic illness, and women’s issues. After studying comparative religions and spiritual care to the dying, she worked as a hospice chaplain, and later as spiritual care manager for Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Center. She has cared for thousands of individuals and their families through the process of dying, and trained individuals, groups, and organizations in spiritual midwifery to the dying. She has studied with Lakota, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist teachers, completing a five-year meditation retreat in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She integrates her professional experience with her spiritual training to write and teach.