University of Hawaii

MMS Faculty

Lani Leary, Ph.D.

Dr. Lani Leary specializes in work with chronically ill, dying, and bereaved clients. Lani specializes in grief and trauma issues in her private practice and consults for Islands Hospice as a Bereavement Specialist.  She has worked for the past 34 years as a psychotherapist and as a counselor in 8 hospices across the country.  She was a professor of Death Studies at George Mason University and 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 was a November 2011 presenter at TEDxHonolulu.

She is the author of Healing Hands, an internationally best-selling audiotape about therapeutic touch and complimentary approaches to pain management.  Simon & Schuster published her latest book, “No One Has To Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death”, which was released in 2012.  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” for Psychology Today.  She is working on a sequel book, tentatively titled “No One Has to Grieve Alone”. 

In her free time, Lani takes care of herself by long walks on Kailua beach with friends, gardening, all forms of water sports, meditation, and mentoring.

For more information, and to view media interviews and presentations, visit her website is .

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