Interim Hospice Bereavement Team

Support That Makes a Difference

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Sarah Mumford, MT-BC

Music Therapist and Bereavement Counselor

Sarah has been a board certified music therapist since 2017, working predominantly in hospice care, cancer care, and grief support. She practices within a relational approach, with great emphasis on the aesthetic beauty and power of music and people. She believes in emphasizing the unique journey of each individual, highlighting present strengths and encouraging deeper exploration. Sarah has a heart and call for this work and genuinely desires to companion her clients through these difficult times and situations.


When she's not working, she enjoys getting out in nature, accompanied by her pup, Samson. No body of water is off limits when she needs a moment of rejuvenation, but a nice cool walk on a sunny day will do the trick, too. On the side, Sarah is also a singer/songwriter with the hopes to produce her own album some day.

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Madeline Smith, MT-BC

Music Therapist and Bereavement Counselor

Madeline has been working with Interim Hospice since November of 2018. She is drawn to grief work through the basic fact that everyone experiences loss, but the process of grieving often goes unacknowledged. It is her hope to come alongside friends and family who are grieving and walk alongside them in this process- to listen, share resources, and provide support along the way. Madeline is personally interested in how expression through the creative and fine arts can provide a means of coping and processing with grief. She admires the authentic expression and vulnerability that clients and families share through their grief journey and she is appreciative to share in the process with them.

In her spare time, Madeline enjoys spending time outside hiking, adding more house plants to her collection, practicing aerial yoga, and playing music.

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Katherine Dukes, MT-BC

Music Therapist and Bereavement Counselor

Katherine has been a board certified music therapist since 2021 and has recently joined the Interim Hospice team. She believes that music provides a unique opportunity to enhance relationships and connections with others, encourage reflection and allow for individual expression. She recognizes that grief and loss is not a "one size fits all" journey and is passionate about building relationships with others in order to provide individualized care and support for those on their journey. Katherine is honored to have opportunities to journey alongside clients and families while processing grief and is grateful to learn from them as much as they learn from her.

During her free time, Katherine enjoys spending time with loved ones. Katherine also enjoys outdoor activities such as going on walks, hikes, exploring new areas and visiting any amusement park.

Chris Strom

Interim Hospice Bereavement Volunteer

Chris started doing grief work as a "grief buddy" with a friend in 2003.  He first helped in the setup of a grief support group program in 2007 and have co-facilitated grief groups since 2008.  Chris has been volunteering with Interim Hospice since 2014 and inspired Interim to redesign the grief support program to follow the model created by Dr. Alan Wolfelt.  He finds the work to be rewarding when at the end of ten weeks, participants offer heartfelt thanks for helping them understand their grief and how to eventually become reconciled to the losses they have suffered.


Chris finds comfort and strength in the following verse from the Bible: "Be anxious for nothing but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests know to God." Phil 4:6


In addition, he enjoys watching Major League Baseball and particularly follow the Chicago Cubs team.  He has taken up cooking since retiring from full time work at the end of 2017.  During Chris' working career, he was an actuary  for over 40 years.