About Tom Attig

Thomas Attig is the author of The Heart of Grief: Death and the Search for Lasting Love and How We Grieve: Relearning the World, both with Oxford. He has written numerous articles and reviews on grief and loss, care of the dying, suicide intervention, death education, expert witnessing in wrongful death cases, the ethics of interactions with the dying, and the nature of applied philosophy. For details on these other writings, click here.Portrait of Tom Attig

Tom is also a well known speaker, having offered conference programs across the United States, Canada, and Japan and in England, Australia, Israel, and Germany as well as innumerable talks and workshops for nurses, physicians, funeral directors, clinical psychologists, social service providers, gerontologists, hospice workers, bereavement coordinators, clergy, educators, civic organizations and the general public.

Tom was born and raised in the Midwest. He received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1967 and his MA (1969) and Ph.D. (1973), again in philosophy, from Washington University in St. Louis. He taught philosophy at Bowling Green State University for nearly twenty-five years, serving as Department Chair for eleven years and leading efforts to establish the first Ph.D. in Applied Philosophy in the world in 1987. Tom left as Professor Emeritus in Philosophy in 1995 to become an independent applied philosopher. A Past President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, he also served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement.

Tom with Canadian moose

Tom is happily married to Betty Davies, a specialist in sibling bereavement and care of dying children. He is the proud father of three children, Julie, Sheryl, and Daniel and the proud grandfather of Ty, Jamie, and Skyler. He currently resides in Victoria, B.C., Canada where he devotes his professional time to writing, speaking and on-line teaching. He also enjoys playing piano, attending movies, playing golf, indulging in chocolate, traveling, and dining out as often as possible.