John's Brief Resume

The Reverend John L. Abraham, M. DIV., F.T.
(Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying & Bereavement)
 cell: 520-235-5646(J-O-H-N)

Master of Divinity, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Anthropology, English, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY.
The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ.
Clinical Pastoral Education, Delaware State Hospital, New Castle, DE.

Continuing Education in development, management, finance, marketing, sales, group dynamics, counseling, conflict management, leadership development, thanatology and video production. Computer: Proficient with Word, Excel, Works, Outlook, Power Point, Internet Usage, Adobe, and more.

Health, Life, and Disability Insurance License.                                           

Federal Securities Licenses 6, 26, 63.
Certification in Thanatology.
Certified Fellow in Thanatology.


Thanatology: Hospice & Death Education Experience:

• Elected to serve on National Board of Directors, June 2012 to June 2016, Funeral Consumers Alliance ( 


• Co-planner in founding nation's third Hospice, Washington, DC,.

• Co-founder, President, Hospice of Montgomery Inc.: community education, marketing, fund-raising, public relations.

• Foundation Board President, Professional Advisory Board Member, Community Hospice, Tucson, AZ. Director of Support Services, third in management leadership, responsible for administration, volunteers, psychosocial, bereavement, spiritual care, and pre-hospice programs. State and local hospice board and training duties.

• Board member, Bereavement Consultant, Trainer, Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids. Board, Community Counseling Center.

• Committee Chair, National Association for Death Education and Counseling. State of MI ADEC Board. Lifetime member since 1977. Nominated for National ADEC Board. Several ADEC National Annual Conference presentations, including two in 2008.

• Teacher and Author: Instructor, created and implemented curriculum for Death Education, Auburn University, Sociology Department; developed University of Arizona Medical School Death Education Class; created national newsletter column: "Jest Death!" Study of death-related humor; published in "Thanatos" and other books and journals.

• Chaplain, Tu Nidito Children's Hospice of Tucson.

• Compassion & Choices AZ: President; Board member, then Executive Director.

• Bereavement Consultant, Trainer and Counselor. For threedecades conducted numerous workshops and consulted on thanatological issues for various groups: hospice professional and volunteer care-givers; bereavement groups; emergency personnel; funeral personnel; physicians; churches.

• The American Academy of Bereavement: International Conference; Plenary Presentation "Jest Death": An Examination of Death-Related Humor"; Plenary Session Panel Moderator "Panel Symposium: Death-Related Issues".

• The Center for Transformational Healing, Board member.

• American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Conference:

Widowed Persons' Service, Presentation.

• Founder: CARE = Clergy About Recognizing End-of-life.

• Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement.

• Certified Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement

• Board Member, Vice-President, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Southern Arizona.

    Board Member, Memorial Society of Prescott, 2007.

• Funeral Consumers Alliance of Northern AZ, President.

• Elected: Secretary and Steering Committee of Arizona Hospice Bereavement Association, 2006.

• Selected to give two presentations at ADEC (Association for Death Education and Counseling) National Conference.

• Board Member: Unitarian Universalists of Central Delaware.

• Advisory Council: Equality Delaware.


Work Experience:
Granite Mountain Home Care & Hospice


Executive Director, Compassion & Choices AZ

Board Member, Council of Senior Citizens Organizations, Pima Council on Aging

Tucson Financial Consultants  (Insurance and Securities)

Instructor, University of Phoenix, Tucson, AZ (World Religions)

Instructor, Yavapai College in AZ (Death Education)


Director of Admissions, Tucson University, Tucson, AZ (now closed)

Associate CEO, St. Philip's In The Hills, Tucson, AZ

CEO, St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, River Hills, WI

CEO, The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, Tucson, AZ.


Instructor at Auburn University, AL, (Death Education).


Work assignments with congregations in TN, MI, AL, DC. Settings as diverse as Georgetown, Washington D.C. and Mt. Meigs, AL. This rich blend of experience in various regions has provided an understanding of, and appreciation for, multi-cultural and social distinctions.

Intern and Research Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives

Special Skills & Attributes:

Over three successful decades leading non-profit organizations with accountability, enthusiasm, integrity, risk-taking initiative and creativity.

Results-oriented, self-starter able to transform ideas into action.

Tested capacity to listen, train, articulate goals, call forth the best in others, build coalitions, negotiate partnerships, and inspire others to action.

Proven skills in administration, program development, team building.

Exceptional interpersonal skills, effective program management.

Demonstrated ability to promote collaboration toward change among diverse private and public sectors.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Excellent crisis-intervention skills.

Last, and by no means whatsoever least, in March of 1999, I was awarded a legitimate, genuine, authentic, cheap, parchment-looking, Certificate of Completion (and T-shirt) by the University of Arizona for having mastered the course in Underwater Basket Weaving!