Lynne-Anne McGrail is the founder of A Peaceful Transition, a division of A Better You, Inc. based in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Masters degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She is certified as a Life Coach, an End-of-Life Doula (EOLD) and Doula Consultant through Doulagivers International. She also has her proficiency badge from NEDA– National End of Life Doula Alliance.
Aside from her “official” certifications, Lynne-Anne feels she has been in training to become an EOLD her entire life. She first experienced death at a very young age when her brother tragically passed away at the age of 13 in a house fire. Later in life, she experienced a rapid series of deaths—among them her best friend, her dad (after a 7-year struggle with Alzheimer’s,) and most recently, her 32-year-old niece. These experiences generated a deep understanding of the fragility and preciousness of life, and how death can serve as a magnificent teacher in the art of living well. Her true purpose in life is to be of service to both those that are terminally ill, and also their loved ones; providing emotional, mental, and spiritual support when and where needed.
Lynne-Anne also believes that to have peace-of-mind at the end of life requires preparation. As such, her work in the community includes education around the importance of having a plan in place through advanced care directives, healthcare proxies, etc. These preparations can prevent and relieve enormous burdens and excessive stress in what is inevitably a stressful time for any family. She also firmly believes that the more we know and the better informed we are, the more peaceful the end of life can be for all involved. Toward that end she facilitates monthly “death cafes,” casual, open and honest discussions around the end of life–free to the public–and dedicated to demystify and de-stigmatize the subject most of us try to ignore, but that we all inevitably face.
Lynne-Anne feels it is an honor to serve in this way and invites anyone to reach out with any questions or comments.