What is MSW Writes?

It is a company that focuses on writing, editing, assistance with self-publishing, education, and ‘Food for Thought’ Discussion groups.

Victoria, the owner of MSW Writes has a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University at Albany. Her Bachelor of Arts degree was a Sociology major with an English minor. She has worked as a case manager and group facilitator for the past 18 years at a local non-profit Jewish community agency in Montreal, Canada. Before that she worked as an Intensive Case Manager with adults with diagnosed mental health issues in Burlington, Vermont, and as a certified therapist with children and families at an agency in Plattsburgh, New York.

She has an End of Life Specialist Certification from Doing Death Differently, and is part of an End of Life Doula Network.

Her goals are to raise awareness, educate, train, and get discussions flowing on the topics of loss, grief, death, dying, end of life, bereavement, and more with both professionals and lay-people. She would like individuals to plan for, contemplate, and discuss their wishes should one be diagnosed as critically ill or palliative.

She has an idea to see ‘Food for Thought’ Discussion Groups come to fruition. Food for Thought groups are similar to Death Cafés, EXCEPT, the facilitator can have an agenda, guest speakers, show movies, include book clubs, and offer support, resources, and referrals as needed.

A group will begin in the NDG area of Montreal in February 2019. A guest speaker is already scheduled to speak at one of the first few meetings. The group will meet once a month on Wednesday nights from 7-9 pm.

Please contact her for more information if you are interested in attending or being a volunteer guest speaker. 514-891-0725.

Victoria has a Facebook page regarding MSW Writes where information, relevant posts, and more are shared about the upcoming Food for Thought Discussion groups, her business, and relevant posts related to loss, grief, death, and dying.

She has co-authored one book with Julie Saeger Nierenberg: Journey’s End: Death, Dying, and the End of Life- Xlibris, July 2017. Book 2 in the series will be published in the summer of 2019.

She has just published a memoir book on Amazon: The Upbringing that Encircles Me: A Memoir as an eBook with the soft cover version to be out shortly!