Nora Luna


Nora Luna is the Hispanic/Latino Program Manager for Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, where she develops and manages community outreach programs and facilitates partnerships. Nora formerly served as an Assistant Professor and School Retention Specialist for the University of Nevada Reno, Cooperative Extension, and implemented, monitored and evaluated programs to enhance school engagement, prevent high school dropout and increase college attendance among underrepresented youth in Clark County. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Director of the U.S. – Mexico Border Communities Alliance for the Western Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) at UNR.

Nora has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Education. She serves on the board of the Girls Scouts of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Charter School Authority. She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants.

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That we fear death is understandable, but when it comes to dying, many of us leave decisions to medical professionals, often to our detriment. Although 70% of people say they would prefer to die at home, 70% actually die in hospitals, nursing homes, or long term care facilities. Twenty percent of us die in ICU beds, which cost 10 times as much, on a daily basis, as hospice care. We can change this.

In a presentation that touches on how attitudes about death have changed over history, and how views on it differ in other parts of the world, Nora Luna of the Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, explores ways that we can change our feelings towards death, learning to welcome it as a spiritual experience rather than a medical emergency. As she explains, we can die with dignity and love instead of fear, and also without resorting to excessive and unnecessary care which can put undue financial pressure on those around us.

This presentation includes instruction on how to complete a Living Will and can also feature a showing of Consider the Conversation, a documentary intended to inspire “person centered care”  (50 minutes).

Appropriate Audience:  Adults.

Duration: 1-2 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening DVD or film from internet if Consider the Conversation is elected to be part of presentation

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Available in [Languages]: Spanish

Categories: Philosophy, Personal Development, Spanish