Jun 29, 2022 7:00 AM
Beda Herbison
End of Life choices and Washington's Death with Dignity Act

Beda Herbison, MSW, LICSW came to social work later in life, after volunteering with a program called Shanti that provided emotional support for people living with AIDS and their partners and/or family.

She graduated in 2001 with a MSW from the University of Washington and worked for the VA Medical Center in Seattle in the Spinal Cord Unit, the MS Clinic, the Geriatric Clinic, and other areas of the hospital.

After retiring and caring for her father-in-law, who was dying of cancer, she began providing clinical supervision for social workers who wanted to become licensed and for Multicare Hospice until she fully retired in early 2021, during the pandemic.  She continues to volunteer with other organizations such as the Hardy Plant Society of Washington, the Northwest Perennial Association, Shanti's Inmate Support Project, and End of Life Washington.