Laurie Johnson

Laurie joined WhidbeyHealth Hospice after moving back to enjoy living here in our island community. She brings more than 25 years of experience in supporting people who have faced challenging turns in life, helping them to navigate during uncertain times.

Patient Care Philosophy
  • Death and dying are topics that are often avoided in our culture but are nonetheless an inevitable part of our lives. My work allows me to walk with patients and families for this moment in their journey through life, and to help them to find hope after healing following the loss of a loved one. Grief is not an end, but a time of transition.
  • Laurie holds two roles on our Hospice team. As Volunteer Coordinator, she recruits and trains hospice volunteers to provide visits to our patients for companionship and family support.
  • As Bereavement Coordinator, Laurie provides support for hospice families following the death of a loved one. She also facilitates the Living with Loss grief support groups that serve hospice families as well as the community at large.
  • Bachelors of Science, Sociology: WM Paterson University
  • Masters of Business Administration, Finance: Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Masters of Divinity: Lutheran Theological Seminary (Philadelphia)
  • Doctor of Ministry: Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN)


  • Certified Grief Informed Professional


Laurie is originally from New Jersey and is very proud of her Celtic roots. She loves cooking and playing in the dirt in her backyard garden. She is  working with her husband on a wish list of DIY home projects – it’s enjoyable, but will be better then it’s done!