Matilda Garrido, MS, CT, holds a masters of science in Thanatology (the study of death, dying, and bereavement), a masters of science in bioethics and is certified in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She has extensive experience working with the dying, families of the dying, and the bereaved and is focused on normalizing the experience of grief and reducing death fears through education, focused action, and increased community supports for the dying and grieving.
Who are you often remembering, and why?
“I am often remembering my parents. My relationship with them was intense, complex and beautiful.”
Tell us about your personal passion for end-of-life topics.
“My personal passion for end of life topics and grief is to try to help reduce the fear, anxiety, and isolation we feel around death and grieving in the world, but particularly here in the United States.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
“I love to cook, go to the movies, spend time with my husband, son and our dog, and laugh with my friends. I have a passion for home organization.”
What famous dead person would you most like to have lunch with and why?
“Eleanor Roosevelt. I so admire how she overcame her own lack of confidence early in life and rose up in the face of a complicated yet loving marriage, as well as a controlling mother in law, to truly become her own person with grace and equanimity. I want to emulate her practice of challenging herself constantly to grow and evolve.”