Linda Hochstetler is a social worker and specialist in end of life issues related to illness, death, dying, and loss. She is employed as a palliative care educator and trainer for PalCare Network of York Region. She trains non-medical persons such as hospice volunteers, personal support workers, social workers, and family caregivers who provide support to persons at end of life in private homes, long term care homes, and hospitals. She is known for her enthusiastic and engaging style of presentations that encourages discussion and honest reflection of challenges.
She has a private practice at the Village Healing Centre in Roncesvalles Village. She helps individuals and families face their fears of death and help them talk openly about the many choices that one is faced with as illness and aging progresses. She combines clinical social work conversations with navigation of the healthcare system and referrals to appropriate healthcare options. She has provided workshops on the topics of Completing Advance Care Planning, Making Better End of Life Decisions, and Holding the Space for the public and at the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference.
In addition to her private practice, she hosts Death Cafes and encourages everyone to talk more openly about their inevitable deaths. She is also a Buddhist Lay Chaplain and meditation teacher. She volunteers extensively, including experiences at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the Kensington (residential) Hospice, and with the Awaken in Toronto meditation group. She has completed studies in Thanatology (the study of death) and is almost finished with her 6-course Certification in Palliative Care from Humber College.