Maggie Callanan has been a hospice nurse since 1980. In that capacity she has studied, taught and written about the unique and symbolic communication of the dying, which is often labeled as "confused language" and consequently ignored by professional and family caregivers.

- Author of the frank and informative Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life.

- Co-author of the internationally acclaimed book Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communication of the Dying.

- National and international speaker on the subjects of her books and other issues relating to the care of the dying and maintaining professional boundaries.

- First coordinator and contributing author of the "Dealing with Death" column in the American Journal of Nursing.

- Board member of the International Association of Near Death Studies(IANDS) and was formerly the facilitator of the IANDS National Capital Area Chapter support group for Near Death Experiencers.

- Named the 1995 Hospice Clinician of the Year and received the National Hospice Organization's Heart of Hospice award.

- Founder and director of the National Hospice, Palliative and Home Care Speakers Bureau.