Meechal Itzkowitz Hall, LCSW

Grew up: In Southern California, specifically North Hollywood, which now really wants to be called the NoHo Arts District. It’s a suburb of Los Angeles.

Joined Mission Hospice: April 2014

What led me to hospice work: For years I worked with children, with their parents, and with teen parents. I came to hospice work because while death scared me, I wanted to learn more about it, and know that I might meet the community’s needs at such a life stage. I quickly fell in love with the work. And I quickly found Mission Hospice because I didn’t fit in with the corporate hospice world.

Mission Hospice is: a passionate/compassionate unicorn of an agency

Passions: Is it fair to say parenting? My life right now is Mission Hospice and my little family. Maybe once my 8-month-old decides to sleep through the night, I might remember my passions/hobbies outside of trying to sleep when they decide to sleep.

Reading: “Get Me Out of Here: My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder” by Rachel Reiland

Desert Island Album: The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” I grew up watching the Beatles’ animated movie “The Yellow Submarine.”

Favorite food: salads … eating salad for breakfast, with good bread, and cheese, and smoked fish

Little known fact: Some might know that I enjoy cooking, but some might not know that I learned how to cook in a co-op. In college at Berkeley, I lived in a 60+ person co-op, and my weekly job was to make dinner for everyone on Wednesday evenings. I learned how to make my mom’s recipes times ten, and a couple decades later it’s still hard to cook for smaller numbers.

Favorite Movie: Pedro Almodóvar’s “All About My Mother”

On my bucket list: hiking Machu Picchu in Peru. Not sure that can be done with two little ones tagging along… however, I just returned from country-hopping with 2 children under 3-years-old, and learned that it’s doable. Visited Paris, Rome & Tuscany, and Israel. The return to the US has been a bit tumultuous, but the trip itself was amazing.