The world is changing, and funerals have become events that include: performers i.e. (singers, musicians), video montages, photo books, red carpet entrances and exits and various special request.

  • Not sure how to go about the planning for a funeral then allow {ABM} to guide you through the process.
  • Not sure how to bring up the subject of death then allow {ABM} to begin the conversation for you and your loved ones.

Leslie Short owner and creator of Ascend Bereavement Management {ABM} is the owner of K.I.M. Media LLC ®, which is a branding and special event firm. Her knowledge of dealing with varies cultures comes from working Internationally including over 20 plus years in the entertainment field.

Leslie’s dedication and passion to create and develop {ABM} came to her following the loss of a dear friend. She quickly found herself handling many of the final decisions for the family; this was an easy transition as her previous management and planning experience coupled with her spiritual care instincts that immediately took over.

Leslie served as interim Chaplain at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, while serving she created and ran the adult Sickle Cell patient support group along with Palliative Care department. She was instrumental in working closely with the patient relations department handling death within the hospital and the cultural difference of the patients and their families. She has studied pastoral care & counseling at New York Theological Seminary, as well as world religion and bereavement. She is also a certified Pastoral Care volunteer and member of the Pastoral Care Advisory Board at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. In addition, Leslie is an active member of the New York State Chaplain Task Force as well as an instructor for their New York City training facility.

Leslie is also a Certified: Elder/Adult Family Mediator and Faith-based Mediator.

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