Who We Are


Who We Are

Our Mission
Passages offer compassionate guidance in end of life issues through education, support and research. 

Our Beliefs 
We believe that dying is a natural part of the life cycle and should be talked about and prepared for with the same respectful attention, knowledge and caring as other significant rites of passage.

We believe that each person approaches dying differently and we should respect the beliefs, values and traditions of each person involved.

We believe that support and education must be available to everyone who seeks it, regardless of their ability to pay.

Our Vision 
In partnership with our community, Passages will inform and empower individuals, families and healthcare professionals to better talk about and prepare for death and dying.

Who We Serve

Passages is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing this service to anyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay. 

We serve anyone 18 years and older who is living in Tucson, Marana, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Oro Valley and Vail. 

We DO NOT offer medical advice or make treatment recommendations. 

We DO arm you with information, compassionate guidance and education, and support you as you navigate the maze of healthcare. Decisions are yours to make, based on your own values and beliefs, and with the best information possible. We help facilitate this important process. 

It is not just your right to know.... it is your responsibility.

The ways in which you can get help from Passages are:

  1. individual consultations
  2. family consultations 
  3. schedule a talk for your group.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN
Executive Director

Passionate about end of life issues, Tani has spent most of her career in nursing focusing on improving end of life care. A RN since 1976, she recognized how fear, misinformation and lack of information can negatively impact decision-making and the dying experience, she has been committed to improving end of life care through education. 

A frequent speaker for professional and lay groups, Tani has promoted clinical training programs for the medical and nursing schools.  She has written and produced the award-winning video, Living Through Dying – The Struggle for Grace, is author of Dying to Know - Straight Talk About Death & Dying and producer of the Straight Talk Series on End of Life Issues. Through community collaboration, she continually seeks ways to improve end of life education, thereby improving end of life care.

Board of Directors
Tani Bahti, RN, CT, CHPN
(Executive Director

Maria Bishop RN, MD 
(Hematology-Oncology Practice)
Assistant Professor of Medicine 

Ardie Delforge RN, OCN 
(Patient Support Services)

Stephanie Frederick M.Ed, RN, BA 

Del Jones
(Community Representative) 
Elder Circle Coordinator, Center for Community Dialogue, a program of Our Family Services

Deborah Pratte, JD 
(Certified Family Law Specialist)

Maricela Reynaert RN 
(Healthcare Coordinator)

Advisory Members
Mary Jo Spring 
(Marketing & Outreach Consultant)