Book Links

Debra Joy Hart RN: Contributing Author, Honorable Mention in 21 Peaceful Nurses; Essays on a Spiritually Guided Practice. Edited by Doris J. Popovich, RN MA and Joan Cantwell, RN, MA . Press, INC; Denver Colorado 2006

Debra Joy Hart RN: Contributing author in My Funny Major Medical. Edited by Karla Telega and Linton Robinson. Bauu Press; Winter Park, Co. 2012

Debra Joy Hart RN, BFA, CT, CLL-E: Author. Grandma D’s Bubbles: A Lesson in Life and Loss URLink Print and Media 2019.

Best Book Award Finalist D’s Bubbles shows us that all creatures are unique in life and in their death. This book opens the lines of communication and connection to those who grieve. A ‘must have’ for hospitals, military families, schools and grief centers.

Other Links

Laughter Arts and Sciences

LASF endorses particular Starfish Projects: small, start-up, creative, passionate, projects, typically with a visionary founder/leader/director; they blend laughter, humor, art, and science.

Debra Joy Hart is one of the Starfish projects endorsed by LASF, as well as the recipient of a grant. She used this grant to fund her 1000RedNoses trip to Komatsu Japan in 2014, where she produced thousands of smiles.

World Laughter Tour-Laughter Clubs for a Rich and Rewarding Life

Debra Joy Has been an active member and Certified Laughter Leader (CLL) since January 2008. Becoming a CLL has increased Debra Joy’s leadership skills, business savvy and income. WLT teaches discernment between science of humor and laughter vs anecdotal evidence. Since 2008, she has earned the title of Certified Laughter Leader-Expert as well as Trailblazer. She is a frequent presenter at yearly World Laughter Tour Advanced Workshops.  Debra received her certification as a World Laughter Tour Joyologist in 2019.

Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor (AATH) is non-profit, member driven, international community of humor and laughter professionals and enthusiasts.

Debra Joy has been part of this organization since 1995. This organization and its members have taught her healthy humor, that is both physiological and psychological. She has been both conference chair to this international organization as well as conference co chair. She is also a frequent speaker, and mentor to international students and thru the HUMOR ACADEMY (offered through AATH) she started 1000 Rednoses. Debra Joy graduated (via the HUMOR ACADEMY/3 year program) as a Certified Humor Professional in 2019.

Continuing Education Institute of Illinois

The Continuing Education Institute of Illinois is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and training services to professionals which are accessible, client driven, cost-effective and performance measured.

This particular company has worked with me as a speaking professional to introduce my messages and perspectives about humor and health, care for the caregiver, and Alzheimer/Dementia perspectives.

Organizations That I Have Found Useful

Association for Death Education and Counseling

The Association for Death Education and Counseling®. The Thanatology Association® is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. Its nearly 2,000 members include a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors and volunteers. ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its certification program, and resources.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Centering Corporation

Centering Corporation is a non-profit (501 C-3) organization dedicated to providing education and resources for the bereaved. Centering was founded in 1977 by Joy and Dr. Marvin Johnson. Centering started with nine little coloring books for hospitalized children and two workshop offerings for nurses and families. In response to the need for support by families and caregivers while facing their grief experience we developed many new resources. Today we have over 500 grief resources for children and adults. Centering continues to provide educational resources and bookstore for caregivers and families.

International Death, Grief and Bereavement Conference

Share in intimate and transformative educational experiences. Foster new relationships and connections. Gain insight and grow to new levels both personally and professionally.


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