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About Dr. Sherry E. Showalter

Dr. Sherry E. Showalter, PhD, LCSW, M.Msc.Board Certified Diplomaté Clinical Social Work

Tarpon Springs, Florida



“exceptionally energetic and enthusiastic teacher/healer in the field of loss and grief… she accepted her calling and is invaluable to many”Eileen Dohmann,                  Vice-President Nursing,        Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va.

“Dear Sherry, Squaw Woman, Healer of Souls, soother of troubled hearts.. The Gods must have sent you to me and my families, for you indeed make the part of living that is dying an unforgettable and deeply spiritual experience.”                               The Old Woman, Shirley, Arlington, VA.

 “It has to be her passion, her humor, her zest.  If passion had color, and humor had passion, Sherry would find it, wear it, weave it into her day and make you want it as your own.  She sweeps aching hearts along a journey of recognition and integration with such energy and finesse that pain becomes a beautiful and vibrant fiber skillfully woven through the very fabric of the person who now must face the world through eyes of loss.”              Maggie Callanan,RN,                  author;                                   Final Gifts,                                     and                                        Final Journeys


“She used her Native American spirituality and social work skills to reach beyond cultural/religious views while allowing my friend to express and cope with suddenly saying goodbye to many friends and family.  My friend referred to Ms. Showalter as her spiritual advisor, sharing her thoughts, hopes and fears.  She continued to give support, counseling, storytelling and rituals to facilitate healing to Susie and those who loved her.  Sherry attended the funeral service as well  Susie was cremated holding a medicine wheel that Ms. Showalter had made for her to take into the spirit world.  She is an extraordinary woman who made an indelible impression on all of us who had contact with her during this difficult time.”                       William V. Roth, Jr.  U.S. Senate



Professional Profile

Psychotherapist, Speaker, Author

Currently engaged in private practice in Tarpon Springs FL, National speaker on topics of loss, grief, compassion fatigue, care giver stress, cumulative loss and spirituality and healing.

2004 – 2009 Providing grief counseling to members of the community suffering sudden, traumatic deaths, working for The Hospice of The Florida Suncoast in the Center for Loss and Healing.

  • Accomplished public speaker
  • Dedicated to providing supportive presence, tools for healing, grief counsel to members of the communities at large utilizing the hospice vision and mission to provide care and innovative interventions
  • Disaster Mental Health Specialist providing crisis intervention and trauma support during September 11, 2001

Education, Honors, and Certifications

Ph.D. University of Sedona, 2009

M.Msc. University of Sedona, 2008

LCSW Licensure in the states of Virginia and Florida

MSW Virginia Commonwealth University 1995

BA/AAJ  American University Washington D.C. 1979

2001 Award Recipient of the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals: Psycho-Social-Spiritual Caregiver

Strathmore’s Who’s Who: Lifetime member awarded 2008

Certified Mass Fatality Interventionist

Board Certified Diplomaté Social Work

Compassion Fatigue Specialist

Certified Traumatologist

Certified EMDR therapist

Key Qualifications

20+ years working in health care/hospice settings. Providing social work to patients and families and members of the communities at large.  Spoken to groups nationally with emphasis on loss, grief, hope, healing and ritual.  Participate in opportunities to enhance practice skills and public speaking.  Have worked with dying children and throughout the age spectrum, business communities and professions to enhance coping and renewal.

Publications/ Presentations:

  • The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting
  • The Remington Report, March 2005
  • Not My Family; Healing Ministry, Weston MA.
  • Stepping Into Spring: Rituals, Renewal and Healing
  • The Gathering Season: A time of change
  • How To Weather The Holidays In The Winter of Your Grief
  • O.J.G., On The Job Grief
  • Healing Hearts, Growing through Loss
  • Baby Janice’s Passage: Healing Ministry
  • Living With Grief: (ed. Ken Doka, “Looking Through Different Eyes: Beyond Cultural Diversity.” 1998, Hospice Foundation of America
  • Now I lay Me Down To Sleep; The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • The Forgotten Mourners, Adults who have lost a parent
  • When a nurse is not enough: Why the hospice interdisciplinary team may be a nurse’s gift.  The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Walking With Grief: The Trail of Tears in a world of AIDS: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • Coping With Losses: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Hospice, Humor and Heartache: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Grief in the Workplace: OPM Bulletin, The Office of Communications, US office of Personnel Management, Washington DC
  • Healing with Ritual: exploring spirituality and hope


  • National Association of Social Work
  • National Hospice, Palliative and Home Care Speakers Bureau
  • National Hospice Professional Health Care
  • American Red Cross Disaster Relief
  • Association of Death Education


Author of:

Healing Heartaches, Stories of Loss and Life, Infinity Publishing


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