Dr. Kevin Haselhorst founded Graceful Departures to help patients and caregivers approach death and dying with ease and tranquility. Leading by example and through his practice of emergency medicine, Dr. H helps patients change their fear-based perception of dying and see their terminal illness as just cause for receiving humane treatment.
Dr. Kevin Haselhorst grew up in Trenton, Illinois, with dreams of becoming a doctor. Dedication and hard work culminated with a degree in medicine from Southern Illinois University. His residency training at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis opened the doors to the unending excitement of a privileged career in emergency medicine.
Following his tenure in St. Louis, Dr. Haselhorst relocated to Arizona in 1998 and practices at Abrazo Heath hospitals. He is a contributing writer for The Arizona Republic’s “Ask the Expert” column, an end-of-life coach, and a public speaker on Advance Care Directives and the Universal Healthcare Directives. Dr. H is the author of Wishes To Die For: Advance Care Directives That Grant Caregivers Lasting Peace.
A leading voice for compassionate end-of-life care, Dr. H speaks to individuals, organizations and institutions that are passionate about personal well-being, lenient healthcare delivery and spiritual awareness being provided during the time to die. He blogs on websites for Wishes To Die For, The Conversation Project and Death Café. He is interviewed regularly on radio and TV.
As founder of both Graceful Departures and Caregivers In Sync, Dr. H. melds his personal desire for a good death with the humane pursuit of enabling caregivers to provide wishes to die for to others near the end of life.