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Anna Byrne

Tending to wounds with words

End-of-Life University
00:00 / 57:19

A conversation with hospice physician Dr. Karen Wyatt MD

to discuss suffering, healing and building resilience

during the cancer journey.


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Finalist for the 2020 Whistler Independent 

Book Awards

Memoir: Seven Year Summer

Article: Beyond a Good Death: Authenticity at the End of Life

Blog: Wanderings

& Wonderings


Praise for Seven Year Summer


"Can be read seven times, it is so rich."

This book is a ‘must-read’ for those seeking to deepen their spiritual understanding of suffering, illness, and death; for all who work in palliative care and hospices; and for anyone concerned about how we treat our elderly and dying.

In vivid detail, Byrne presents her own deeply challenging experiences, counterpointed with personal, philosophical, ethical, and cultural perspectives. 

This book explores the beauty and interconnectedness of our natural world.


Highly recommended, especially for those affected by severe illness, trauma, or loss.

The writing style is direct, unadorned and sweeps the reader through the parallel stories of her own struggle for life and her selfless willingness to comfort a dying stranger.

Insightful, compassionate, and deeply moving. 

A stunning work! 

Sandra Prather


Tom and Lisa Gwin 


Pat Buckna



In The Press



Tending to wounds with words

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The unifying principle of Anna’s personal and professional experiences is a deep regard for, and devotion to, the inherent dignity of all people.


Raised in a Roman Catholic Irish family, Anna explored Protestantism in her 20s and later, the perennial wisdom shared by many spiritual traditions. She was a student at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM, and is completing her Master of Theological Studies degree.

She holds a combined degree in Psychology and Gerontology from McMaster University and is a certified teacher.

Anna has been a presenter at the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council in Vancouver, a guest panelist for a screening of the documentary “For Dear Life” (Stranger Productions), and a Keynote Speaker for the Canadian Cancer Society’s “Relay For Life” event (2013).


She has received the Citizen of the Year Award (Town of Amherstburg, ON) as well as the Good Shepherd Award for excellence in adolescent mental health care (Maryvale Adolescent and Family Service).

Her previous publications include a contributed chapter to the book Feminism and Religion and contributed poetry for the book, 

"Children of the Collapse."

Anna has survived four cancer diagnoses and is the past coordinator for a hospice society in B.C.



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