Virginia (Gina) Subia Belton MA PhD candidate is an independent researcher in private practice. Her work in Thanatology specializes in depth psychological and humanistic existential approaches to aging, life limiting diagnosis, dying, death, grief, loss and bereavement. Her teaching and scholarship is guided by the eco-psychological relationality of the Indigenous Knowledge System, phenomenology and critical philosophies, particularly the critical Indigenous, Feminist and De-colonizing pedagogies for their performative actions toward social justice. Gina's practice arises from a depth of experience as an educator in both the academic and community settings, along with more than 25 years of experience tending to end of life relationships across the continuum of care in clinical environments. Her research interests are deep and divergent. For the moment she is currently completing her doctoral research, a community study examining the intersections between the Indigenous Knowledge System and the Western bio-medical model in the end of life relationships. She is an emerging Indigenous scholar, as well as an inspired and active member of Div.32.
“I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to these teachers.” — Kahlil Gibran