Linda Hochstetler is an educator and specialist in end of life issues related to illness, death, dying, and loss. She trained as a social worker and is certified in Palliative Care from Humber College, and has extensive experience with grief, loss, and palliative care.
She is currently employed as a Social Worker at Bethell Hospice, the only 10-bed residential hospice in the Central West LHIN. She provides psychosocial support to residents with life-limiting illnesses and their families. She works collaboratively with the clinical team to ensure that they receive high-quality palliative care in a culturally and spiritually diverse way. She is also involved in volunteer training, as well as organizing and contributing to education and training events for staff, volunteers, and community persons. She worked previously as Education Facilitator for PalCare Network of York Region providing education and training to volunteers and staff on hospice palliative care topics.
Linda has hosted 16 Death Cafes around the GTA, and engages with a large network of professionals working in improving end of life options. She presents regularly at conferences and symposiums throughout North America. She is known for her enthusiastic and engaging style of presentations that encourages discussion and honest reflection of meaning at end of life.