As an End of Life Coach, Rhonda is passionate in holding and creating sacred space, personal ritual, spiritual practice and creative choices through dying and deathcare. She believes we can learn to die and in learning to die we actually awaken to life itself. In serving the dying and grieving, Rhonda favors conversations in the art of saying good-bye, exploring what death asks of us and deserves, how to prepare oneself consciously for the dying process, the compassionate merits of in-home family directed funerals, green burial awareness, and the welcoming and witnessing of grief.
Founder and visionary of Peacefully Prepared, Rhonda has most recently developed a Spiritual Care Directive for Buddhists. This 10-part signature process, guides clients in planning out their end of life practice from their dharma vision all the way through to the 49 days following death. Rhonda also encourages end of life wishes and planning in her five chapter notebook called a Passing Plan. Rhonda sees these spiritual and practical processes as an act of self-love in preparing for end of life and an act of kindness to ease the grief and stress of their loved ones. She is continuously serving and raising awareness about the in-home funeral option where we can apply our spiritual practices and create auspicious conditions at the time of death. Having performed in-home funerals for her own family as well as clients, Rhonda is able to guide and provide resources for this treasured process.
A Tibetan Buddhist, Rhonda has studied under Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche for 33 years and serves as a Board and Volunteer Member for Rangjung Yeshe Gomde California (RYG CA), his Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center. She has the honor of developing a dying and death program for its community of practitioners and gives group talks annually. She also enjoys the work of Andrew Holecek and is currently in his 4 part program Graceful Exits. She regularly retreats for teachings on Phowa and how to navigate the bardos. Rhonda most recently gave talks at Tara Mandala, in Colorado, in how to prepare for dying by “Writing your Spiritual Care Directive for Buddhists”.
In her own life, Rhonda has had the sacred privilege of witnessing her own family members through the dying process, including her mother and father, as well as grandparents, friends and clients.
Degrees and Certifications
- End of Life Coach, ICF PCC candidate from Coaching at End of Life
- Certified Life Coach with Bennet Stellar
- Clinical Hypnotherapist with Bennet Stellar
- NLP Life and Communications Practitioner with Bennet Stellar
- Soul Centered Living from University of Santa Monica
- Holistic Health Practitioner for 30 years
- BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Scripps College
- Founder and Director of Holistixs of San Diego, a healing arts center, for 22 years
- Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for 33 years