Nancy Rust, co-founder of YCollaborative, is a Certified Senior Advisor and is a member of the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives. An experienced speaker, Nancy is passionate about initiating conversations on important life matters and effective in getting audiences to begin to take action on end-of-life issues. Qualified as a Hospice Volunteer, Nancy is familiar with the myriad decisions families face when crises arise. Having seen how devastating it can be for families to cope with accidents or health care challenges, Nancy has worked to pull together materials that can help before decision-making is critical. Over the course of her work, Nancy has amassed a considerable network of resources to support clients..
With over 30 years of successful business experience, Nancy has decided to pursue her passion of helping others put life in order and put worry away by preparing for the expected and the unexpected. She does this through speaking engagements with community groups, healthcare professionals, corporations and families. Nancy is a gifted facilitator and understands the uniqueness of each individual and family. Through a customized, facilitated process, Nancy leads individuals and families through sensitive discussions and decision-making. She also helps individuals and families document their personal wishes so they can put worry away and enjoy their lives.
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“Our experiences in dealing with our parents, experiences for which we were unprepared and ill-informed, led us to consider our own preparation for death and dying,” the two Y Collaborative founding partners explain. “What we have learned the past several years is that pretending we will never die may be agreeably delusional, but in the long run, it is likely to make life – and death – more difficult and stressful for ourselves and those we love.“
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Susan Abel Lieberman, Ph.D.
Susan co-founded Y Collaborative with Nancy Rust, and worked to develop the initial website before selling her share of the business at the end of 2012. Her next book,
Death, Dying and Dessert, will be out in spring, 2013.
Susan directed Leadership Rice at Rice University for eight years, worked as an executive coach and is the author of eight books including New Traditions and The Mother-In-Law’s Manual. She is certified in thanatology by the American Association of Death Education and Counseling and facilitates a Death Dying and Dessert group that meets regularly to explore issues related to death and dying. Susan holds a Ph.D in public policy and is ordained as an interfaith minister.
“My 95 year old mother failed out of Hospice twice. Caught between a fear of dying and a fear of living, she was again my teacher, but this time in ways neither of us expected,“ Susan notes.