William G. (Bill) Hoy has counseled with people in grief for more than 25 years. From 1996 until 2006, Bill directed the bereavement program at Pathways Volunteer Hospice in Long Beach California. Though no longer living in southern California, Dr. Hoy continues to provide clinical and program oversight to the program today.
In addition to his university teaching schedule, he provides dozens of professional continuing education workshops and keynote addresses every year. He teaches in the graduate program in thanatology at Marian University and in the Medical Humanities program, College of Arts and Sciences at Baylor University.
Active in the leadership of the Association for Death Education & Counseling, Dr. Hoy holds the organization's advance practice credential, the FT (Fellow in Thanatology). He also chairs the organization's networking group on school crisis intervention.
Bill edits GriefPerspectives, an email newsletter read every month by more than 4,500 caregiving professionals and volunteers. His book, Guiding People Through Grief(Compass, 2007) is in its fourth printing and the newer volume, Road to Emmaus(Compass, 2008) is in its third. Along with Dr. Laura Lewis (University of Western Ontario), he co-authored the chapter "Bereavement Rituals and the Creation of Legacy" in the recently-published Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society(Routledge, 2011). His newest book profiling North American funerals in global perspective will be published by Routledge in the spring of 2013. Additionally, he has written more than 100 journal articles and educational pamphlets for bereaved people and the professionals and volunteers who care for them.
Dr. Hoy and his wife, Debbie have two children. Carolyn is a college junior and Greg is a high school senior. After nearly 25 years in southern California, the Hoys now make their home in central Texas.