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Bonnie is a storyteller and volunteer for Compassion & Choices.  She will be a presenter on Medical Aid-in-Dying at City of Hope’s CME End of Life Symposium December 16-18, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Bonnie recently joined Full Circle of Living and Dying in Nevada County, California as a volunteer and Board Director. Full Circle of Living and Dying is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to educate and serve our community in understanding options and rights for end-of-life care and post-death care; empower families and communities in bringing back the tradition ​of family-led death care through conversation, guidance, and local resources.

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Me, Myself, and I.

Life is complex. Bonnie finds joy, meaning, and purpose in a variety of activities. Here’s a bit about her.

Bonnie McKeegan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW23344), private practice psychotherapist, private practice coach, and writer in Grass Valley, California. Her professional experiences began in substance abuse treatment in the ’90s when she sought to help addicts and families alleviate their suffering by supporting their recovery. In 1998, after earning her Master in Social Work degree with a concentration in health, she transitioned to county mental health.  In 2001, Bonnie sought out her professional dream: a social work job in healthcare. She went to work for Sutter Health which remained her professional home until 2013 when she was ready for the next profound experience. She spent a few months working for hospice then, because life is life and we all need a break sometimes, she spent a year off work concentrating on family and evaluating career options. She began her private practice in 2014 and continues to offer mental health treatment through telehealth throughout the pandemic and recovery. She offers compassion and empathy as the foundation of mental health treatment while acknowledging that suffering is as much a part of the human condition as love and ecstatic joy. 

Witnessing death and dying processes, events, and rituals, professionally and personally, over the years has profoundly changed Bonnie’s life in both sad and surprisingly joyful ways.

Bonnie loves all sorts of creativity from crocheting, photography, sewing, and painting to creative writing (which does not come easy!). Nature walks, snow-skiing, and lake days bring her in tune with life in a way that talking cannot accomplish. Taking care of her deceased mother’s flower gardens is a personal quest to keep nature and the relentless critters from taking over!

Bonnie’s most joyful and meaningful experiences continue to be watching her twin boys growing into beautiful young men. What a ride life is!

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