Board of Directors
Kim’s work with death and dying started in the early 1990’s when she worked as a case manager for people with HIV/AIDS. At that time, people were dying of the disease and she moved in closer rather than shy away from death. Early on, Kim saw the value of touch especially it’s importance to those who were dying. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2000 and as a hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator would bring her massage table to the homes of patients for many years. In addition to massage therapy, Kim also provided Reiki and other energy modalities to patients and caregivers. Since 2010 she has been a certified professional end-of-life coach/guide, and a community educator on death/dying, home funerals, and green burials. Kim is also a home funeral guide and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Threshold Support Circle in Baltimore, MD educating and empowering families to care for their own after-death. Options for end-of-life and after-death care is the crux of Kim’s work and supporting a community home for the living and dying has been a dream of hers for many years. Kim most recently served on the Board of Directors for the National Home Funeral Alliance (NHFA) as Secretary and Conference Coordinator, and the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) as Membership Secretary.
Carol Augat, Treasurer
Carol has always felt strong about her direction in life from a young age and has pursued that direction with a passion. After graduating from Bentley University with a Bachelor’s in Accounting, Carol made Cape Cod her forever home. The beauty of the Cape and the sense of peace and serenity that seems to float off the waters surrounding the Cape nicely balanced the intensity that comes with the Accounting profession. Juggling a full-time career with raising a family of four, little time was left to volunteer in the community which was another passion that needed to be fulfilled. Carol has served on school parent boards and is currently on the Board of the Nauset Music Boosters. Though continuing in her full-time job as accountant for Kinlin Grover Real Estate, the children are grown and the time had come to find a way to give back to the Cape Cod Community in some way. Death and dying has always been a subject that was a bit taboo in Carol’s life. After going to visit her great grandmother who had just passed and was in her bed of her own bedroom in her own home, a memory that is still so very clear and special, Carol was discouraged as the years went on that death seemed to be a topic that was negative, scary, and not a topic of discussion. Finding the Lily House is a breath of fresh air! The Lily House was the answer, not only to fill a longing to give back but a new outlook for the beauty and compassion that comes with facing mortality. Carol is thankful to be a part of The Lily House as Treasurer and looks forward to sharing in the vision and mission of its Board.
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Paula Erickson, Co-founder
Paula has been profoundly moved and even changed for the better by significant losses—the suicide of her brother David, the loss of Jola her beloved dog, the act of bearing close witness (through caregiving) to the slow decline and at-home death of her best friend Lauren. Because what was lost remains a rich source of strength and love! Because compassion and gratitude were born of reclaiming grief & honoring death… In her work as an outreach social worker, Paula has developed an understanding of how to engage essential community supports & services to help break down barriers to care. To this new purpose she also brings her passions for exploring the natural world, for growing fresh food & flowers, for reading & writing poetry & singing and finding humor in the lovable quirks of each day. It is Paula’s great joy to join forces with Dawn & Hannah in the soulful adventure of opening the doors to The Lily House.
Hannah S Ewart, RN, CHPN, Secretary and Co-founder
Hannah’s first experience with death was that of her grandfather at a hospice home in Rochester, NY. As a child, she was struck by the grace with which the staff cared for her grandfather and normalized his dying process. The experience contrasted with her grandmother’s death in the hospital years later, which cemented Hannah’s admiration for home-based end-of-life care. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from State University of New York at Purchase, Hannah served as a hospice volunteer for Visiting Nurse Services of New York, while working as a Medical Editor in Manhattan. Eventually, realizing she had been walking parallel to the path she was meant to walk, Hannah enrolled at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing and achieved her Associates Degree in Nursing. She left Manhattan for Cape Cod, caring for those with dementia and chronic illnesses, before officially becoming a hospice nurse in 2016. She has served dying individuals in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities across Cape Cod. Having seen firsthand the struggle families endure to care for their dying loved ones, Hannah is honored to join Dawn and Paula, and bring her experience and compassion to The Lily House.
Dawn Walsh, President and Co-founder
Dawn’s interest in death and dying began with the death of her mother Mary when Dawn was a young adult. Her interest deepened following the death of her friend Linda, whose body she helped wash, dress, and shroud. Subsequently, she has developed a growing curiosity regarding our cultural views and practices surrounding death. It was her work as a hospice volunteer—seeing the difference between those who were able to die at home and those who weren’t—that inspired her to create a community home for the dying. When she met Hannah through hospice, she found the perfect partner to help bring this vision to fruition. Paula, with whom she forged a close friendship through conversations about death, became the clear choice to complete the circle of founders. Dawn founded and produced Provincetown's Day of the Dead Arts Festival from 2016-2018. She is a hospice volunteer, community death educator, end-of-life doula, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She serves on the Provincetown Cemetery Commission and Board of Directors for the Provincetown Commons. She is a member of the Order of the Good Death, End-of-Life Doula Alliance, National Home Funeral Alliance, and Funeral Consumer Alliance.