Dr. Martha Jo Atkins is a thanatologist, a fancy word for teacher of death, dying, and grief. Dr. Atkins provides education and tools to help make the tricksy transitional parts of your life run more smoothly and meaningfully. Through live events, on-demand courses, individual coaching and other tools, Dr. Atkins is dedicated to helping you grow your capacities to think and talk about death, dying and grief, subjects that affect all of us.
Prior to owning her own training and consulting company, Dr. Atkins founded a successful children’s non-profit grief center where she served as executive director for eight years. She helped raise several million dollars for the agency, managed staff and volunteers, offered training internationally, and provided community support for schools and businesses as city, state, and national tragedies required.
Dr. Atkins’ PhD studies, and now her continuing research, focus on the trajectory of dying and how deathbed phenomena affect the dying and those who love them.
Dr. Atkins consults with individuals, schools, and corporate teams when death and transitions become necessary parts of conversations. Her first book Signposts of Dying was released at the end of 2015. Dr. Atkins’training and research institute opened in 2016.
Dr. Atkins lives in south Texas. Her partner is Suzette. Her 88-year-old dad, Noble calls everyday unless she calls him first.