Susie Pekios has a Masters in Social Work and a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling plus 30 years experience in hospital and hospice social work. She has seen the good, the bad, the ugly - and the beautiful - of hundreds end of life experiences. Susie wants all people to have beautiful end of life experiences and knows it begins with a process of self-evaluation and communicating one’s wishes.
Susie knows that, when asked, 90% of people will say they want to die at home, pain-free, with family and friends around.
Yet, most people have not thought about or shared their wishes and have not completed Advance Directives. By default, many of these people end up in the hospital, in pain, being cared for by strangers, and receiving invasive tests and treatments and die anyway.
Susie knows the Patient Self Determination Act lets people say how much or how little medical treatment they want.
She can help you with these goals, and to communicate your wishes to others, including physicians, difficult people in families, and those who may try to stop the conversation before the words can get out.
Susie was Certified in Thanatology (the study of death and dying) in 2003 by the Association of Death Education and Counseling.
In 2005 Susie received Certification as a Facilitator and Trainer with the Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning program at the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Foundation in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Susie has served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri End of Life Coalition and the St Louis Regional Chapter, the Gateway Alliance for Compassionate Healthcare at End of Life.