Mary Jo Curtin, Board Director
My interest at this time is end of life care and planning.
In my upbringing death was not discussed and I feel it is important to have a plan for end of life options before it is imminent. The anxiety and uncertainty of aging lessens when a plan is devised on how to complete the circle of life.
My early career started out as a hospital nurse in Truckee and my latter years was spend in Public Health and School Nursing. As a hospital nurse I was always interested in caring for the dying patient with compassion and unconditional support. In the late 90’s I was trained for hospice care in Truckee but I relocated for a Public Health Position before the center opened. I recently was able to help my “adopted" mom in her last days at home in hospice care. This recent incident motivated me to reach out to Full Circle Living and Dying to empower others to plan for the end of life.
The last eleven years of my nursing career was spent as a school nurse. I did class room health education and felt comfortable speaking as a health resource for staff. I learned more time management and organizational skills to independently manage three sites of work.
I have done extensive grief work for my own issues which includes the local Nevada County Grief Recovery Program. I attended a few “Death Cafe” events in Auburn before I returned to reside in Nevada County. I co-hosted one of the educational Zoom sessions of Full Circle of Living and Dying, In-Home After Death Care In April 2022.