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Maureen Elizabeth Whalen, 70

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Maureen Elizabeth Whalen, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on the morning July 6th, 2024, at Golden Pond Assisted Living, leaving behind a legacy of love and compassion that touched all who knew her.

Born in Providence and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, Maureen's journey was marked by a passionate curiosity and a commitment to helping others. She proudly graduated with her Bachelor’s from Tufts University and went on to earn her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Brandeis University. As she pursued her studies, she lovingly raised her daughter, Devinne.

Maureen's career as a psychologist was defined by her dedication to clinical excellence and empathy. Her early work with the bio-behavioral team at Cambridge Hospital revealed her innate gift for both scientific curiosity and healing. As an early member of the Boston Emergency Services Team, her compassionate care was instrumental in rolling out a nationwide model for emergency health services. With the birth of her second daughter, Eliza, she moved to a private practice full time.

In her private practice, Maureen specialized in mindfulness and healing for over 17 years, touching countless lives with her deep listening, genuine concern, and clinical acumen. Maureen’s patients, many of whom remained in her care for years, can attest to the profound impact of her gentle, empathic approach. Her ability to connect with others, both professionally and personally, was a testament to her kind and nurturing spirit.

Maureen's gentle demeanor belied a fierce advocate for justice. She boldly stood against injustice, defending the rights of friends and strangers alike, embodying principles of fairness and compassion in all she did. She deeply admired the teachings of the Dalai Lama, which greatly influenced her philosophy and actions.

A resident of Arlington, Maureen loved and found solace in nature, spending cherished moments in her garden and exploring the Sutherland Woods. An avid animal lover, she delighted in the presence of birds, squirrels, and rabbits, and showered her pets (in particular Pewter and Bailey) with endless affection throughout her life.

Summertime held a special place in Maureen's heart, particularly on Martha's Vineyard, where she created cherished memories that spanned generations. Herself part of the third-generation of the Whalen Family to spend time there, with her waitressing days at Giordano’s through college, and later, sharing those summers with her daughters and grandson in Oak Bluffs, the island was a sanctuary of joy and family connection.

Maureen Whalen is survived by her daughters, Devinne and Eliza, grandson Cristian, brothers Steve and Dave, and innumerable cherished friends and family members who will forever carry her spirit in their hearts. Her warmth, wisdom, and unwavering kindness leave an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to know her.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Maureen on Saturday, October 5th, 2024, at 1:00PM in the Bigelow Chapel of Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A reception will follow from 2:00-4:00PM in the Gather Wing, beside the Chapel.

If you wish to offer a few words during the Celebration, please contact Eliza at +1(617) 947-6279 or

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Callanan Cronin Funeral Home.