Angelica Fajardo

Angelica Fajardo

Angelica G. Fajardo, M.A., is a Certified Thanatologist and Psychotherapist specializing in Grief Therapy for County of Riverside Department of Mental Health in Indio, Ca and Jewish Family Service of the Desert in Palm Springs, Ca. Angelica holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as education in Gerontology obtained from T.H.E Ohio State University, and Alzheimer’s Academy. Angelica’s expertise is in the field of Alzheimer’s disease and bereavement associated with end-of-life issues. Angelica has been a speaker at the community, national, and international level, teaching about grief and loss, and issues related to dementia and caregiving, and grief among Latinos. She served as Care Consultant for the Alzheimer’s Association and University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Memory Assessment Center in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Angelica is a founding Board Member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Southern California Chapter. She has been a facilitator of teen grief therapy groups at Safehouse of the Desert Teen crisis center, and Jewish Family Service of the Desert, as well as a volunteer for Camp Erin, Children’s Grief Camp. Angelica enjoys writing children’s books on death, dying, and bereavement and multi-cultural issues. She is currently the chair of the People of Color Multicultural Forum for the Association for Death Education and Counseling, The Thanatology Association. Her current writings include: workbook/journal Mi Vida, Mi Historia, Mi Legado, Squishy Tuesday, When I Die, Bury Me With My Chanclas and Midnight Tamales.


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Accordions Can Cry: Music for Healing Among Latinos

“Kiss the casket,” my mom instructed, “that way you won’t have ‘susto’.”[1] I was sixteen years old looking at my Grandpa’s body as he lay in his casket. I stared at […]

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