It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.
— Marcus Aurelius

Kelvin H. Chin, Executive Director and Founder
of the
Overcoming the Fear of Death Foundation 


Kelvin founded this nonprofit to dedicate his efforts to helping people improve their quality of life through an approach that is based on understanding death more clearly and aligning that understanding more accurately with each of our respective belief systems — whatever they may be. By doing so, each person reduces or eliminates their fear of death — to free up otherwise wasted energy that can be refocused to better use in one’s daily life.

He is the author of a new 2016 best-selling book: Overcoming the Fear of Death: Through Each of the 4 Main Belief Systems. (To see Reader Reviews)

Kelvin is a frequently sought after speaker (Speaker Packet) at conferences, healthcare institutions, webinars and podcasts to increase understanding about death and dying in order to both help audiences overcome the fear of death and to understand better other people’s beliefs about death and dying. Kelvin is also a member of the Speakers Bureau of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils.

In addition, Kelvin helps people develop a more balanced, productive and enjoyable life, mentally-physically-emotionally, by teaching people worldwide Turning Within through meditation via Skype, phone and in-person. To learn more about Turning Within.

He conducts in-house trainings nationwide on death and dying for organizations in the healthcare industry. To see Seminar data.

Kelvin speaks internationally, has spoken at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, and has been on TV in China. His interview in Business Insider magazine has had more than 22,000 views, and is a top Google search result for the words “fear of death.” This has led to international interest in his work from more than 20 countries, including England, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Lithuania, China, India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, Australia, and the Philippines. 

His interview featured in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine appears in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue.

He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. In that capacity, he teaches a program that helps people recover from the painful experience of loss that all of us go through in life...whether from the death of a loved one, divorce, layoff, financial setback, or other losses. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Kelvin serves as a “Medical Power of Attorney Agent” for those individuals who have no family or friends still surviving or living nearby them, to ensure that those individual’s healthcare decisions are followed in the event they become unable to make those decisions for themselves. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Working with audiences on death and dying issues since the 1980’s, Kelvin has taught numerous CLE and CEU seminars for the legal and healthcare industries, and was a state-certified Long Term Care Ombudsman for the California Department of Aging. In the early 1990’s, he also co-founded the Center For Medical Ethics and Mediation, which offered trainings and seminars to healthcare institutions on how to more effectively prevent and resolve conflict in a facilitative and mediative manner.

Bringing greater clarity to his client’s thinking in their personal and business life is something Kelvin has applied throughout his 40-year career, including teaching meditation worldwide to more than 1,000 people since the 1970’s in schools, businesses, the US Army and at West Point. Kelvin also formerly held CMO roles at AmLaw100 law firms, and was a Vice President for the American Arbitration Association. 

Kelvin has lived and worked in 6 countries, and has lectured in 30 of the 50 states in the US. He has delivered more than 2,000 presentations worldwide. While at Dartmouth College, he studied at the Université de Strasbourg, France. He is a graduate of Dartmouth, Yale Graduate School and Boston College Law School.


Kelvin’s Personal Story

How I got started in helping others with death and dying issues...

My mom died suddenly when I was fairly young in my early 30’s. She was only 55, and vibrant, full of life. Her death shook me to my core.

At a check-up, her physician had found markers in her blood which caused him to investigate further. Bottom line: she had lung cancer that had already metastasized to her brain to such a degree that the oncologist told my dad, “There are so many tumors in her brain that it looks like raisin bread.” There were hundreds, maybe even thousands, of tumors.

My mom chain smoked since she was 11 years old. I remember asking her when I was in college, “When did you start smoking?” I was 20 at the time and I thought 11 was young. But now that I have children of my own in their 20’s, I have a much deeper sensibility — and shock — about my mom’s chain smoking since age 11.

But her death was a watershed moment in my life. She was gone so quickly, in a matter of a few short months. And I hardly had time to say goodbye.

So, I started thinking more deeply about death and dying, and eventually started helping others — friends and colleagues — with their issues around the deaths of their loved ones. I did it on the side, nights and weekends. That was 30 years ago now.