Dr. Christine Salkin Davis
I am an academic, poet, artist, end of life doula, and spiritual guide. I practice contemplative and arts-based methods to understand the deeper meaning in wellness and illness, life and death. I offer individual, family, and group spiritual direction, and spiritual retreats, for people at the end of life and their family members, and for people dealing with issues related to dying, aging, grieving, disability, and loss. I also offer spiritual direction services to healthcare and religious professionals.
I have a Ph.D. in Health Communication from the University of South Florida. I have conducted extensive scholarship on communication at the end of life and in the contexts of children’s health, children’s mental health, and family disability. I have authored 11 books and 50+ academic articles on these topics. I hold a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Charlotte Spirituality Center, Charlotte, NC. I also have a Master Practitioner certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), a certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and am an experienced Stephen Minister and Leader. I have completed the End of Life Doula program from the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).
I have over 40 years of experience as a corporate and leadership consultant and facilitator, and I am a tenured full professor.
I was raised in the Christian faith, and have participated in the traditions of Lutheran (ELCA), Moravian, United Methodist, and Presbyterian churches. However, I am spiritually open and am comfortable working with people from any—or no—faith. Having been raised as a Christian, I am familiar with traditionally Christian depictions and characterizations of God, but these days I am more inclined to envision God as a spirit, an ocean of love energy within which each of our individual drops of love energy float, as Father Richard Rohr images; or as Goddess Sophia (from the Old Testament Wisdom tradition, and the female depiction of the deity whom early Christians thought of as the Holy Spirit of the Trinity or the light of God). My depictions of the holy, or divine, tend to move beyond our culturally inculcated and potentially hollow religious symbols, and more toward that spiritual nudge that calls to us in our deepest longing, whether we have a name for that push or not.
As Spiritual Director, I see myself as a spiritual guide, coach, matchmaker, and activist. As guide, I can help you identify and recognize the holy moments in your life and help orient you to your spiritual self. As coach, I can help you find deeper meaning in your life and encourage you as you move toward that meaning. As matchmaker, I can help you deepen your relationship with the holy. As a spiritual activist, I speak the truth in love.
As End of Life Doula, I help people at the end of their life, and their family and loved ones, to prepare for the end of their life with legacy work, conversations about life meaning and significance, vigil planning, and end of life rituals.
I work as spiritual director, end of life doula, artist, and poet, under the organizational name “Focail do a Chara,” which is Gaelic for “Words for a Friend.” Sometimes these words are literally, words, as in my poetry, prayers, meditations, and blessings. Sometimes they are symbolic, as in my art. Sometimes, as in spiritual direction or end of life doula work, they are received in silence and offered in love.
I am a member of Spiritual Directors International (SDI) and International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).
I publish my poetry at my blog “Focal do a Chara” (“Words for a Friend” in Gaelic), www.focaildoachara.com.