John L. Abraham, an Episcopal Priest and Certified Fellow in Thanatology, is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant with more than 40 years of experience as a counselor, therapist, patient-care advocate, and health care administrator.  He has worked in hospitals, hospices, religious institutions, schools, and social service agencies.    
    John has given presentations to many professional organizations such as: hospice staff, nurses, paramedics, social workers, police, clergy, emergency care givers, home health staff, nursing home and assisted living staff, educators, and others.  He is the author of several chapters of death-related books and numerous such articles, and has also published in such journals as Thanatos, Omega, and several nation-wide newsletters.
    His experience in many different disciplines gives John a truly holistic perspective that takes into consideration our physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. He is a dynamic instructor who has presented workshops for institutions in ten states. He also offers a host of specialty services to cater to the unique needs of his clients. John serves a wide range of individuals, corporations, partnerships, and non-profit organizations and is an expert in the field of Thanatology.

Fellow in Thanatology (FT®) is an advanced professional certification for thanatology professionals granted by ADEC. It recognizes practitioners and educators in the discipline of death, dying, and bereavement who have met specified knowledge requirements measured through a standardized testing process and who demonstrate advanced levels of competency in teaching, research and/or clinical practice through a professional portfolio.

Click Here for John's Resume



Is it Life or Death?  It's both!

Identical Pictures, But...

Right side up is Life

Upside down is Death

Can't have one without the other!

My Coffin: Wine Rack & Bookcase. 1981
Coffin With Some Death-related Books

For us to accomplish the most:

  • Plan ahead
  • Risk the truth
  • Be open and direct
  • Communicate clearly
  • Communicate often
  • Give honest feedback.

Others say about me:

  • Totally dependable
  • Committed to excellence, integrity and progress
  • Good sense of humor
  • Task oriented and gets results
  • A team player
  • Dedicated, loyal, persevering
  • Honest, inspiring, creative
  • A collaborative self-starter
  • Thoroughly responsible
  • Compassionate and caring
  • Solid values.

My commitment to you: I'll give you my all, and then some.

More Personal:

Two Children: 

Katharine (Katie) 9/17/87

Paul 6/26/90

See photo below


Favorite Word:  "Yes"


I Enjoy:




Playing with my children

Spending time with friends



Riding my Motorcycle

Good Movies

Classic Rock and Roll

Meeting New People

Serving and Helping Others

Poem About My Coffin. 1977
My Beloved Katie and Paul
Katharine Brandt Abraham
Paul Christopher John Abraham
Fearless Paul

My Coffin and Death Books. 1977

John Pioneered Episcopal Pet Funerals in 1974
John's Goldendoodle: "Berkley"
John's License Plate
The Primary Thanatological Fact: We All Die
My Yamaha FZ6R
One of my "Suicycles" -- the other not pictured says LBRTY