Dr. Lisa's Story


On January 5, 2021, my sister died at the age of 52. As a grief counselor, I was aware of the grief I was feeling and what triggered it. While everyone's grief is different, I wanted to share my experience with grief up to this point.

Your Presenter

Dr. Lisa C. Oliver, GC-C

Life Transitions Educator | Certified Grief Counselor




Dr. Lisa Caraway Oliver received her Doctor of Education degree in adult education from the University of Georgia. Her research in death and dying, emotion work, and informal learning among hospice care professionals resulted in her dissertation, How Do Caregivers Learn? Exploring the Informal Learning of Hospice Care Professionals. Dr. Oliver earned her certification in grief counseling from the American Academy of Grief Counseling.

With fellow parishioner Sharyn M. Hailey, Dr. Oliver facilitates the Dying & Death Learning Series at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to the pandemic, Dr. Oliver facilitated a Life Transition Education Series throughout the community via the Fulton County (Georgia) Library System and volunteered in the Emergency/Trauma department at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Oliver is a blogger of the site DyingandDeathTalk.com and is a podcaster, with humorist Jerry Drye, of Dr. Death and the Humorist. Dr. Oliver's workbook, Final Wishes: A Workbook for Planning a Funeral(available in both print and Kindle versions from Amazon.com) has assisted thousands of individuals in mitigating the generational dysfunction that is likely to occur when one does not plan, document, and distribute their final wishes. Dr. Oliver is currently working on a second book, titled, Let’s Talk About This “Little” Thing Called Death and Dying.

A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dr. Lisa Caraway Oliver, resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Jeff, their two adult children, two messy dogs, and one vocal cat and a bearded dragon.