Ralph Plumley, ThM, CT
A native Delawarean, Ralph graduated from Dover High School and attended the University of Delaware. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Moving back to Delaware, he joined the staff of Doherty Funeral Homes in 1992 where he guides children, adults, and families through the grief process. With a background as a hospital chaplain and hospice Bereavement Specialist, Ralph has 30 years’ experience assisting families when a death occurs. He is Ordained by the Baptist General Conference, Certified in Thanatology: Dying, Death, and Bereavement by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Ralph has served nationally for ADEC as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee and Chair of the Course Standardization Taskforce. Locally, he has served as President of the Delaware End-of-Life Coalition, member of the Board of Directors of Supporting Kidds: The Center for Grieving Children & Their Families, and Chair of the Accreditation Committee of Wilmington Christian School. He has also authored several CareNotes published by Abbey Press for teens, adults, and professional caregivers. Ralph and his wife live in Pike Creek. They have four adult children and one granddaughter.