Sally Karioth, Ph. D
- Some public speakers make you laugh. Some speakers make you cry. Some speakers make you look at life differently. Sally Karioth is a very special public speaker, because she makes you do all three. It is a gift she has acquired from her varied experiences as a nurse, teacher, writer, talk show hostess and nationally renowned grief therapist. If one sentence characterizes the message of her speeches, it is her slogan: "Life is not a dress rehearsal." "Everyday," she tells audiences, "you should have at least one exquisite moment."
- Karioth is a 1967 graduate of the Bellin School of Nursing in Green Bay Wisconsin and a 1969 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which in 1992 honored her as Outstanding Alumnus. She went on to earn two master's degrees and a Ph.D. She completed post graduate work in genetics at the University College London (UCL). Since 1970, Karioth has been a member of the faculty of Florida State University School of Nursing, where she teaches one of the university's most popular courses, called "Death, the Individual and the Family." She is currently the Assistant Dean and Professor at the College of Nursing.
- For more than 45 years, Karioth also has been in private practice as a counselor, helping people cope with the death of loved ones. Her particular concern is parents who have lost a child to death.
- Her book, "If You Want To Know If You're Dying, Ask the Cleaning Lady (And Other Thoughts On Life and Happiness)," offers a common sense, sometimes humorous, approach to illness and death, and emphasizes that bereavement is a natural part of life to which we are all entitled. Karioth has also contributed to two other widely available books: “Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul” and “Feeling Safe: Talking to Children About War and Terrorism.”