About

Composing Life Out of Loss helps people cope with loss and grief through today’s user-friendly online learning and support technologies.

Our end goals are to engage, educate and empower grieving persons to …

  • Understand their life journeys better,
  • Apply fresh insights to their grief and ongoing processes for healing,
  • Metaphorically “compose life” in, through, and out of life’s deep, profound losses.

We equip hospice and palliative care organizations with fresh, relevant, engaging resources and tools to reach the patients’ families you serve …

  • 24/7.  What they need. When they need it. Where they are.
  • Use today’s everyday technologies to
    • Increase outreach
    • Improve quality care
    • Cut costs
  • Explore more at our Services menu.
  • Are you with a hospice or palliative care program? Click here to learn more.

We Help You Bridge Common Barriers

  • Time
  • Distance
  • Transportation
  • Long Distance Family Members
  • Resources
  • Operational Costs
  • Data that Demonstrates Value to Your Organization

Joy Berger, DMA, FT, BCC, MT-BC

Dr. Joy Berger is the owner and CEO for Composing Life Out of Loss. Joy  is a prolific, passionate, creative educator. She easily integrates core meanings within our real life experiences into practical uses. As our logo voices, “It’s about life!”

Joy brings over 20 years of hospice and palliative care experience: providing direct patient care with over 1200 families; leading hospice and palliative care educators regionally and nationwide; developing strategic partnerships; and teaching internationally. As a direct patient/family care professional with Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville (now Hosparus), Joy was honored with the National Heart of Hospice – Psychosocial/Spiritual Caregiver Award, given by the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals. Since 1995, she’s been a prolific conference and workshop presenter. She authored Music of the Soul – Composing Life Out of Losspublished internationally in Routledge’s Series in Death, Dying and Bereavement.  

As the Director of Hospice Institute (Louisville), Joy pushed the envelope of excellence to ensure expert education systems for all employees, the community, and with strategic partners. As culture continually changed how we do business, Joy always found innovative technologies to ensure educational quality, while making systems happen easier, faster, and for less cost.

Putting it all together, Joy moved into national online education leadership with the Hospice Education Network (of Weatherbee Resources) as their Director of Education.  Now — composing life out of the deaths of her parents and in-laws — Joy passionately equips hospice and palliative care organizations to serve their patients’ families with state-of-the-art education, technologies, and cost savings for connecting people, today.

Connect with Joy at LinkedIn.
Engage Joy to teach your group, virtually or on-site.

Composing Life’s Core Story

Joy’s first career was as a musician. (Ah, you knew the name “Composing Life” had meaning behind it?) Hear Joy’s more personal story of loss, grief, and healing here, told with the backdrop of Joy performing Debussy’s “Reflections in the Water”  (“Reflets d’ans leau,” from Images pour piano).

Are you looking for Joy’s “Specialty Services for Musicians” who are experiencing loss and grief? They ‘ll be back, in a fresh format.

For now, if you’re interested in engaging her for conference teaching, project consult, or another type of proposal, you can email her directly, or leave a message at our phone number, (502) 593-3916.

Let’s Connect

Composing Life Out of Loss is about connecting people. For hospice and other grief/loss professionals, what brought you into this work of compassionate care? Whether or not you do formal business with Composing Life’s business, let’s learn from, support, and empower each other.

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