Mary Matthiesen

Grew up: I was born in Florida, but grew up mostly in the Bay Area

Joined Mission Hospice: February 2016

Mission Hospice in three words: Care. Compassion. Creative.

Passions: I love anything by or in the ocean – and people’s stories

Favorite food: Chocolate. Definitely chocolate… unless wine is a food!

Reading: Just finished Caraval… a bit odd, but a good mental escape

Desert island album: Carole King’s Tapestry

Favorite movie: Field of Dreams (that says a lot about me)

Little known facts: I used to tap dance, and years ago, I studied to be an interfaith minister

On my bucket list: Visiting the Galapagos Islands; living in a home we’ve designed and built


Read Mary’s article, “Finding the freedom to live and die well,” in the January 22, 2020 Almanac newspaper.

*Listen to Mary’s August 2017 radio interview with Cheryl Jones:
“Mary Matthiesen, author of Dying to Make a Difference, inspires passionate talk about death. She facilitates individuals, healthcare and community leaders to take our experiences of death and dying to make a difference in our lives and deaths.”

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