Becky Lomaka, MA, CT
Disclosures: Non-Clinical Exception

Becky Lomaka holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Certification in

Thanatology, proving herself an expert in the field of death and bereavement. This

certification adds to her breadth of experience, the more intimate and researched

understanding of modern theories surrounding bereavement and makes her an excellent

educator on the broad and specific nuances of grief.


After spending nearly two decades in non-profit senior care, Becky signed on at O’Connor

Mortuary in 2013 as their Director of Grief Support and Education with a determined

passion to bring education, encouragement, and validation to the professional and lay

communities with whom we interact.


Becky serves on the Board of Directors for The Association for Death Education and

Counseling, the international professional organization dedicated to promoting

excellence and recognizing diversity in death education, care of the dying, grief counseling

and research in thanatology. She also serves on the Trust Institute Committee for Selected

Independent Educational Trust, whose focus is to bridge the educational gap between

Mortuary Science School and on-the-job training. Locally she serves on the Board of

Directors for Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, the Advisory Council for the Trauma

Intervention Program, and is a community educator for the Orange County Advance Care

Planning Partners.


She resides in Irvine, California with her husband, John and their two boys Ben, age 18

and Sam, age 16. She spends much of her free time at hockey rinks across Southern

California watching her boys play ice hockey. She also enjoys Pilates, backyard gatherings

with friends, and walking her yellow lab, Sandy.


Becky holds a deep belief that “Education is our most powerful tool in our efforts to help

the community learn more about how to cope with death and the journey of grief after

loss.” Through workshops, seminars and in-service programs, Becky is spreading

awareness and changing grief-care for the better. Her true passion lies in normalizing the

grief experience and helping to create a world in which grief is embraced, understood and