Please note: A Finished Heart, including post-performance discussion, is intended as an educational and community-building experience. It does not constitute therapy, or a medical or psychological service or treatment of any kind. Always seek appropriate professional services as needed.


​"A Finished Heart will help you to better understand what it means to show up and be present with life, love, and ultimately death." [read more ...] -- Jana DeCristofaro, LCSW.   A Finished Heart brings audience members to deeply connect with themselves, with each other and with universal experience, as they are immersed in the intimacy of caregiving and dying in an atmosphere of love.

Workshops are available to further explore themes of the performance. Facilitators affiliated with your organization or professionals of your choice are welcome to lead these educational opportunities.

A Finished Heart has received enthusiastic support and praise from individuals, granting organizations and

non-profits since 2009. In 2016, the work was invited for inclusion in New York's United Solo Festival. It has been utilized for clinical continuing education approved by the National Association of Social Workers. 

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In my 35 years as a nurse, nurse practitioner,

and educator, I have never experienced any performance that so clearly and eloquently describes the process of living through the

death of a loved one.  [read more ...]

Patsy Thompson Leavitt, MS, FNP, Executive Director, Leavitt's Mill Free Health Center

  • Builds community that improves the welcoming of LGBT lives within colleges, universities, high schools, congregations, corporations and diverse professions.
  • Gives hope and a model of relationship to LGBT youth and individuals struggling with identity​.

Inspiring Life and Love

A Finished Heart

Improving our society's ability to engage emotionally with end-of-life experience is essential as we care for one another in our families and communities.

Improving a culture of LGBT inclusion
 is essential in the fields of health care, social services, business, law, government, education and the military.

It will lead to increased empathy and cultural competency resulting in improved health care quality.  [read more ...]

Timothy J. Richardson, MD,

VA Maine Healthcare System

Inspires individuals to reflect on relationships, intimacy and communication​ regardless of

sexual orientation.

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A Finished Heart:

I found Eliott's work to offer insight into the dying process that no training has ever been able to convey.  [read more ...]

Valerie Jones, LMSW, Portland, Maine 

  • Models deeply empathic communication for nurses, physicians, social workers, counselors, family caregivers, bereavement professionals, health care educators and volunteers, college and high school students.
  • Creates in-depth conversations about death, loss and grief.
  • Offers community for grieving adults, teens and families.
  • Opens discussions about experiencing terminal illness, palliative care and medical aid in dying.