While there is a great deal of information about child development, there is much less about the developmental tasks of midlife, aging and preparing for death. With extensive experience as a psychotherapist, Reva created Advance Health Care Directives Guidance to assist in planning for our own aging and death and as a resource for those who are caring for loved ones who are dying. AHCD Guidance offers groups, classes, individual sessions and couple’s planning on midlife, aging and dying. Not only does Reva support you in working with the anxiety often triggered around death she supports you in completing the documentation that expresses your end of life wishes.


Meet Reva

Reva Tift, MA has worked with mid-life and aging issues for more than thirty-five years in a variety of settings. In 1979 she received her Master’s degree in Contemplative Psychotherapy and has worked with at-risk adolescents, adults, couples, groups, psychiatric clients, vulnerable elders, and the dying. Reva began AHCD Guidance in order to provide a comprehensive process for identifying and documenting wishes in the case of medical emergencies and for end of life care. Drawing on her extensive experience, Reva is committed to providing personal and skillful attention to everyone with whom she works.






Advance Health Care Directives Individual or Couple

Over three sessions complete and notarize your end of life paperwork

Decide who has the power to carry out your decisions and choices

Write your unique wishes in a personal addendum

Have the personal attention and depth of private sessions

Advance Health Care Directives Group 6-8 people

Put your own group together or join a group

Over three sessions complete the paperwork

and decision making around death and dying

Enjoy honest and lively conversations on aging and death


Reva Tift’s work as a therapist is based on her intention to reduce suffering and to increase a sense of confidence, open-heartedness and well being. She provides an environment which is both safe and empathetic as well as direct and honest. At the heart of Reva’s work is support for taking the risk of sharing one’s vulnerability with another. As fear and contraction lessen we experience a more intimate engagement with ourselves, with other and with life. Reva works with individuals and couples and has been in private practice since 1979.


Advance Health Care Directives Group
withReva Tift

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a tragedy and an opportunity. We are being forced to look at and work with feelings and issues that many of us are able to ignore when circumstances are more fortunate — especially how we relate to our experience of powerlessness, anxiety and death.

Most of us have a preference about how we die including: who helps when we die, whether any extraordinary measures are taken to possibly prolong our life, whether we die at home or in a care facility, and what is done with our remains. These can be difficult decisions and topics that are uncomfortable to think about and discuss with our loved ones. At the same time we may not want to let heath care providers make choices that are not in line with our wishes. 

Given the current heightened uncertainty in our lives, now is a great time to come together in our Shambhala community to discuss these sensitive issues, ask questions of an expert, and complete our Advance Health Care Directives.

We are pleased to host Reva Tift, MA, who has spent the past 35 years assisting people with aging and end-of-life issues. Not only will Reva support us in completing the documentation that expresses our end-of-life wishes, she can help us in working with the anxiety triggered around death.

Program participants will meet online, via Zoom, over two, 3-hour sessions from 9:00 am to noon on April 11th and April 25th. Additionally, there will be an opportunity between the two sessions to meet with Reva online as part of a smaller group to ask further questions and work with any uncomfortable emotions that arise from taking this important step. Reva will provide supporting materials and documents to help us complete the directives.

April 11th—April 25th
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Price: $150 Regular Price $175 Patron Price
Shambhala Meditation Center of Denver
2305 S Syracuse Wy, Ste. 214
Denver, CO 80231


At some time or other many of us wish or need to talk about death. A Death Cafe is a place to do this in a relaxed and agenda-free setting. It’s a place for respectful, serious, meaningful, tender, and funny conversations.

This FREE inclusive event invites the community to gather and discuss death.
Reva will be hosting virtual death cafes.
Every First Monday of the Month from 10:30am-12:00 pm
Monday  March 2nd Monday April 6th and Monday May 4th
West Senior Center 909 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302

Check the AHCD Guidance Facebook page too for updates.

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  • “The workshop provided all the necessary information and also allowed me to contemplate the emotional impact on my family members and realize the urgency of the conversations I plan to have.”

    - Jane VanHouten Feb 2014
  • “Reva was able to gently guide us through this complex and stress-inducing set of decisions.”

    - Charlie VanHouten Feb 2014
  • “Thank you for getting me started with this process of completing my Advance Directives. I now feel empowered to make these decisions and that I have a responsibility to communicate my wishes.”

    - Jim Fladmark Jan 2014
  • “I engaged Reva Tift to help me prepare my Advance Health Care Directives and found her to be knowledgeable and compassionate. As difficult as this preparation was for me because of the charged nature of the subject, Reva was patient, understanding and very helpful. And we got it done and notarized much to my relief. I would recommend her without reservation to assist you with preparing your Advance Health Care Directive.”

    - Sharon Conlin RN,LPC July 19,2011 Boulder, CO
  • “As a family psychotherapist, I am frequently faced with how best to be of assistance to those facing their own or their loved ones end of life needs and concerns. A recent experience of counseling family members dealing with an expected loss made it clear to me how important and compassionate it is to clarify, while we are mentally and physically healthy, the wishes and practical choices each of us an make for end of life care. I am grateful and appreciative of the consulting services provided by Reva Tift MA, to help guide me through these challenging life events with my clients, and ultimately, with myself and my own family members. Reva shares an open heart, a deep respect, extensive knowledge, and courageous spirit in dealing with issues that are at the foundation of our human experience.”

    - Barbara Featherstone, MA, LMF Redding, CA
  • “My husband and I saw Reva to talk about our Advance Directive and Medical Durable Power of Attorney. She provides a very valuable service. We had only two sessions with her because she was efficient and well organized. That did not mean that she was too businesslike, as she immediately put us at ease. She was very kind and understanding with a difficult and emotional conversation. I would strongly recommend her to anyone who needs to attend to End of Life Issues.”

    - Margaret Evans November 21, 2012 Boulder, Colorado
  • “When I tell people that Reva is helping me with my end of life decisions, they ask if everything is okay or tell me I am being morose. I realize that many people do not want to deal with the questions around their ending. Thankfully I found Reva. Her pragmatic sensitivity and thorough conscientiousness has made the process not only way easier but endurable. Daily I think of recommending her.”

    - Karla Dakin January 2019


Reva Tift, MA, AHCD Guidance | tel. 303-444-0152 | Boulder, CO. | Skype id: RevaTift | Reva can support you with your Advance Directives. While forms vary from state to state, the decisions are common to us all. | Offering appointments in person, by phone, or by Skype.


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Please note that the information provided by Reva Tift, MA, of Advance Health Care Directives is presented only to support your own decisions concerning your end-of-life choices and wishes. You should consult your family members, personal physician, attorney and/or estate planner for questions about your particular situation.
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