Lisa DeLong, RN


Lisa DeLong, RN, is an international speaker, author, bereavement facilitator, ballroom dancer and mom! She inspires healthcare professionals with a powerful “reconnect to purpose” message using writing prompts, Salsa dancing and humor. Audiences are transformed as they recognize the value of their life experience and remember who they truly are. Her first-born son, Justin, died at the age of 15 in 2000 after a 10-year remission from leukemia. Shockingly, six years later, her youngest son, Jacob, was diagnosed with the same kind of non-familial leukemia. He has completed treatments and is now a healthy teen! Her memoir, Blood Brothers, touches the hearts of readers all over the world and is now required reading for nursing students. Lisa blogs about her perspectives on dance, spirituality, living with fear and returning to joy. She lives in Southern California with her husband of 33 years, her surviving son and her dog, Poochini. Her two adult daughters live creative lives in Oregon. Her family remains close and surprisingly sane.

Signature Engagements

  • TEDx presenter at College of the Canyons, 2014
  • Grant recipient and co-creator of Hospital Care Kits program serving Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Led the creation of new bereavement service offered in Santa Clarita Valley
  • Guest host for Doctor Proctor (where listeners take a peek over the shoulder of physicians) radio show, KHTS 1220
  • Trusted advisor and support person to bereaved parents, hospice workers and nurses in leadership within the pediatric oncology community
  • Member of an eight-person Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition team presenting to lawmakers in Sacramento, California
  • Consultant and parent participant for Danya International’s Communication Counts: A Toolkit for Families Experiencing Childhood Illness
  • Parent panel participant and trained presenter for End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
  • 10 Minutes That Count, Spirit of Healthcare, Studer Group Conference, Washington, DC, 2014
  • Spirit of Healthcare keynote, Trillium Health Partners, Toronto, Canada, 2016

Education and Certifications

  • Diploma, Los Angeles County USC Medical Center School of Nursing
  • Bereavement Facilitator Certification, Beyond Loss, Glendale Adventist Medical Center

Professional Associations

  • Member, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)
  • Member, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
  • Member, American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Member, National Alliance for Grieving Children
  • Member, Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition
  • Member, Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
  • Member, End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
  • Member, American Nurses Association


  • Imagine magazine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “Remarkable: A Look at Oncologist Dr. Stuart Siegel from a Mother’s Perspective,” 2009
  • Blood Brothers: A Memoir of Faith and Loss While Raising Two Sons with Cancer, 2011
  • Communication Counts: A Toolkit for Families Living with Illness and Loss, 2012

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