Kiley Hanish is a doctor of occupational therapy and founder of the Return to Zero Center for Healing. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein. It is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn, and is the first feature film to tackle the taboo subject of stillbirth.
Through Return to Zero, Kiley has found much healing. Her willingness to share her story and most vulnerable life moments has connected her to a community of families who have endured the unimaginable death of a baby, leaving her feeling less isolated in her grief. The experience inspired her to create the Return to Zero Center for Healing, which through retreats, research, education and outreach will help others live wholeheartedly after loss.
Being a bereaved mother, Kiley is interested in the transformative aspects of grief, specifically how storytelling, meaningful activities, experiences, mindfulness and the environment contribute to healing after loss. Previously Kiley was an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Kiley lives in Los Angeles with her family.