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Need a Certified End of Life Doula?

Doulagivers® Certified End of Life Doulas  are thoroughly trained in all three phases of End of Life Care. Before being awarded certification, students must obtain a minimum of 30 hours of bedside experience, successfully complete all learning modules, pass the Doulagivers final exam, and pass a level 2 background check. Every Doula is required to be an active member of the Doulagiver Membership in order to keep updated with the most current education and evaluation of their ethical practice.

2017-10-18T15:03:27+00:00

Chad Lewis

Hi, my name is Chad.  I’m a fun and generous guy with a big heart and passion for spirituality, energy work and end of life care.

My journey as a Death Doula began with the passing of my mom in 2011.  It wasn’t a pleasant experience for me or my family.  My sisters and I were lost in a whirlwind of chaos, confusion and deep emotional pain.  Several years later, a friend introduced me to a Death Doula.  She explained her practice and how she offers families compassion, support and guidance throughout the dying process.  As she spoke, I couldn’t help but wonder how my mom’s journey could have been different if a Doula had been there to help us along the way.  This gave me inspiration to help other families in need.  I began to study, volunteer with hospice and become a certified Death Doula myself.

Practicing as a Death Doula has been an extremely humbling and rewarding experience.  I have helped many families connect the delicate pieces of a challenging situation and transform it into one of healing, love and togetherness.  Walking this path has taught me how to show up with love and light in my heart and how to add dignity and respect to each family’s unique end of life journey.

To learn more about my practice and how I can help your family, please visit ChadLewisHealing.com

Contact via phone: 917.270.3249

Certified End-of-Life Doula

2017-09-19T21:49:36+00:00

Susan Dustin

Dusty is originally from Melbourne, Australia, but has lived close to half of her life in Thailand.

In 1977, she began her journey into full-time, non‐salaried volunteerism. What initially was a series of simple, idealistic, compassion based endeavors soon transformed into an incredible lifestyle! Over the past four decades, she has initiated and participated in thousands of care giving activities throughout Australia, South East Asia, as well as North and Latin America. Refugee camps, psychiatric wards, substance abuse rehabs, correctional facilities, hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation centers, educational institutions, emergency shelters and medical missions have been but a few of the backdrops for her projects. She currently holds the titles of published author (three books to date), World Laughter Yoga Ambassador, The Rhythmic Arts Project (TRAP) South East Asia Facilitator, Founder and Director of Rhythmaedu (a mixed modality approach to enhancing the lives of adults and children with disabilities,) and Deathwalker with Doulagivers.

While her life and abilities are highly varied, her desire to compassionately companion others during their end of life journeys either at home or within medical settings has grown over the years. Through her experiences, training in counseling and life coaching, and with the Doulagivers courses she provides practical, emotional, mental, and spiritual assistance to those and their loved ones in all three phase of end of life. She is fluent in Thai and skilled at bridging cultural needs and practices. She specializes in companioning expatriates and Thai people alike to achieve a meaningful and good quality of life through providing useful information, medical advocacy, translating services, and the ability to navigate often emotionally difficult and confusing medical settings.  She assists in funeral, life celebration, and ceremony planning as well as bilingual end of life directives. She facilitates bilingual highly interactive compassionate end of life care courses which include Level 1 of Doulagiver’s community, volunteer, caregiver training. She regularly hosts free to the public “Last Supper” seminars. These meetings are held in a similar fashion to Death Cafés over a cozy meal or snacks with an open agenda to discuss death in a comfortable and safe setting.  However, in keeping with Suzanne O’Brien’s vision to freely share valuable knowledge in order that others may learn how to make empowered, informed choices for their lives, “Last Supper” seminars include both teaching and question and answers sections to better reach the needs of the populations served.

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Phone: +66 (0) 832945342

2017-08-30T13:03:37+00:00

Deborah Sadowy- Dargie

After losing her sister Kim to Brain Cancer and her sister-in-law Andrea to lung cancer, Deborah founded A HEART FOR THE JOURNEY; End of Life Doula Consultant and Reiki Services, providing services to Pittsfield, MA. and the surrounding areas.  She is an End of Life Doula and Care Consultant trained and certified through the Doulagivers ® award winning End of Life Program.  In addition she has intense training and certification in mediation.

Deborah is a certified Level III Reiki practitioner and her mission is to help people find peace and joy if only for a moment.

HEART FOR THE JOURNEY, Is blessed to be welcomed into the lives and homes of families during such an intimate and overwhelming time. To be able help families be informed and know of alternative choices and options that are available to them, to hold space and insure that end of life wishes are being carried out has been a privilege.

 

Certifications:

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Certified Care Consultant

Certified Reiki III

Certified Meditator

 

Contact

Deborah Sadowy- Dargie

deborahsadowy@gmail.com

Phone: 413-441-5630

 

2017-08-18T18:35:37+00:00

Michelle Acciavatti

I specialize in advance care planning, patient literacy and advocacy, non-medical support of the dying, pregnancy loss support, home funerals, and green burials. End of Life Specialist is so much more than a title, it is truly my calling in life.  As death and dying begin to transition out of the medical realm, there are many new options for people at the end of life. This includes caring for dying loved ones at home and caring for the bodies of our loved ones ourselves after they have died. Along with these changes, comes an increased willingness to think about, talk about, and even plan the way we would like to die when the time comes.

I help facilitate a Death Cafe in my community. Each month I go to Death Cafe, I share my own thoughts and feelings about death and dying and hold space for others doing the same. Over the last three years, this has led to my own understanding about death and dying to evolve, broadening and deepening beyond my original comfort zone. Now, I feel confident in being able to meet almost any perspective of death, dying, and the afterlife with a curious heart and an open mind.  I have trained as an advanced care planning facilitator. I focus on helping people identify the values that will guide them and their health care proxies in making decisions beyond simply listing what type of care they wish to receive. Additionally, I help ensure that information is shared and respected.  I am here to help people feel comfortable with communicating with medical professional and advocating for their needs by guiding them through what it takes to be an informed and empowered patient.

For over 3 years, I’ve served as a hospice volunteer, sitting with over a dozen people as they near the end of their lives. Sometimes this involves sitting vigil beside people in their final hours. I’ve held space as these people process their regrets and triumphs, hopes and fears. I’ve learned life stories and long-held secrets, read Harry Potter and The Book of Mormon, shared jokes, hugs, tears, and moments of profound silence.  Some of the people I’ve sat with have been unable to communicate verbally and I’ve learned just how much can be communicated through eye contact, body language, and intuition. I’ve connected with family members answering questions from “Is this normal?” to “What do I do?” These experiences and my training allow me to provide spiritual, powerful, and emotional support for those who are dying and their caregivers. This is called being an end-of-life doula or death midwife. I can support people of all ages including women who are experiencing pregnancy loss.  I help people plan their own funerals. I am trained in the legal, practical, and spiritual aspects of having a home funeral in any state in the U.S. I am proud to offer my services as a home funeral guide for families who wish to have something different than a mainstream commercial funeral, including preparing the body at home, home memorial services, and green burial.

Website: www.ending-well.com

Certified End-of-Life Doula

 

2017-08-28T21:14:24+00:00

Jennifer Schindler, RN

Jennifer Schindler, RN is a Certified End of Life Doula with almost ten years of experience in home care nursing, especially working with the elderly.  Using her vast experience with working with patients who are at the end of life, she supports both the patients and their family through the stages of the dying process with love, compassion and understanding.  Working with Hospice, she assists with educating families and loved ones on caring for the dying.  Death can be an experience filled with love, dignity, and healing.  Jennifer assists by holding a healing space for goodbyes to be said, issues can be resolved and healing can take place.  Being present with our family member during this emotional time of transition is one of the most beautiful gifts that can be given.  Jennifer is also a Certified Doulagiver Care Consultant and can assist with planning Advance Directives, appointing a Health Care Proxy, as well as opening the sometimes difficult conversation regarding a patients wishes at end of life.

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Jennifer can be reached at:

Facebook: Letting Go Gently@doulagiversAlbanyNY 
email: jhoitdugan@yahoo.com
Phone: 518-495-5591

2017-08-09T21:52:51+00:00

Glenda Valentine-Grace

My interest in Palliative Care came about when I travelled the journey with my husband from terminal diagnosis to death.  Our Palliative team opened my eyes to the assistance they can provide and allowed me to see the need for Counsellors and Doulas to help support patients and their families during their journeys.

Following my Husband’s death I enrolled in and completed a Diploma of Counselling, following which I have researched and completed several Palliative and Doula Courses.

Along with the further education and the fact that I ‘have been there & done that’, it is an honour to be there for others and lend whatever support and assistance I can during this emotional journey.  I found it helpful to have someone available to talk to and ask questions of, I now find it rewarding to be able to do this for others.

End of Life Counselling and Caring would be honored to meet with you and see if they could lend assistance during your personal journeys. Glenda is located on the Bellarine Peninsula, but is willing to travel throughout the region.

Certifications

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

+61 411 438 507

2017-08-07T15:58:56+00:00

Beverly Shiels

Beverley is the founder and CEO of Courageous Goodbyes TM proudly serving the communities of St. Albert, Edmonton and the surrounding areas.  She is an end of life doula trained and certified by the International Doulagivers Institute in their award winning End of Life Doulagivers TM  Program.  In addition she is a certified hospice palliative care volunteer through the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.  She is a certified Level II Reiki practitioner, has a certificate of completion in pastoral care, a certificate in Pastoral Biblical Theology from Newman Theological College and certified in Mental Health First Aid by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Courageous Goodbyes is humbled to be welcomed into the lives and homes of families during such an intimate and overwhelming time.  To be an anchor in their emotional storms. It’s a great honour for an End of Life Doula to be invited to help families create a sacred space that will sustain them as they share final memories and prepare for their courageous goodbyes.

Certifications

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

Phone: 780-910-3496

2017-08-09T21:51:57+00:00

Marggie Hatala

Hatala is a former Hospice RN, Reiki Master, and is passionate about both sharing her depth of experience and compassion with those facing serious illness and their families, as well as helping to educate others in this sacred care. Hatala is an author of Sally: A Memoir, and continues to write and speak about all subjects related to end of life.

Hatala lives in Door County, WI and is available by video conferencing anywhere. Visit her on Doulagivers of Door County.

Certifications

Certified Doulagivers Trainer

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

920-495-1566

2017-08-17T22:13:57+00:00

James Desiderati

James Desiderati, RN has more than two decades of nursing experience, with the majority spent in home health and hospice care. Hundreds of patients and families have benefited from his clinical expertise, compassion and empathy, and his caring conversational style. Jim also understands what it is like to care for a loved one from a distance. Jim received his RN from Excelsior College School of Nursing. He is a former Hospice RN and Nurse Specialist in Hematology/Oncology. Jim is also a certified End of Life Doula and co-owner of Caring Choices.

Certifications

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

(570)-428-2020. M-F 9 AM to 5 PM

2017-08-04T18:26:45+00:00

Dawn Whelan

Dawn has a Masters in Acquisition and Procurement Management with over fifteen years of experience in purchasing and contracting. Several years ago she was faced with her own mortality which broadened her perspective on life, thus creating a desire to assist individuals with end of life options. She believed that coupling the two together, her professional experience and passion, could bring individuals a unique opportunity to pre-plan for friends and family. In 2014 she founded My Last Gift which affords individuals the opportunity to show those they cherish that their love is infinite beyond the physical boundaries of life. She offers end-of-life education, planning, and posthumous services.

Dawn serves as a hospice volunteer throughout Hartford and Tolland Counties in Connecticut. She has trained to become a certified End Of Life Doula, and Care Consultant through the award winning Doulagivers® program. She has additionally trained with Henry Fersco-Weiss founder of International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA), and completed a certificate in End-of-Life through Allegra.

Certifications

Doulagivers Lead Trainer

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Doulagiver Care Consultant

Contact

(860) 539-4864

2017-08-04T16:23:26+00:00

Patti Urban

As an entrepreneur since 2006, and owner of several successful businesses, Patti continues to blaze new trails and take on challenges, finding ways to help families transition at the beginning of family life and at the end. Her new venture, Your End of Life Doula, is a doula coaching service specifically geared to patients facing terminal illnesses. The concept was born out of her work with seniors and her observation of the suffering of her end-of-life clients and the gap that exists between hospitals, hospice, and the patient. Its primary purpose is to empower individuals to make their own choices with regard to end of life.

Patti is also the former owner Comfort Keepers of Guilford, CT, the industry leader in providing in-home care that allows older adults and others needing assistance to live happy, fulfilling lives in the comfort of their own homes. She also founded Legal-Eaze, a company that specializes in international adoption. Located in New York City, Legal-Eaze has assisted in the adoption process of over 10,000 children from countries such as China, Guatemala, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and has strived to help families navigate the difficult and ever changing landscape of international adoption laws.

Certifications

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

203-689-7004

2017-08-06T20:49:49+00:00

Nathalie Bonafe

After earning her Ph.D in Biology & Health from Montpellier School of Medicine (France), Nathalie moved to the United States where she trained at the National Institutes of Health and at Yale University Medical School. With 25 years’ experience in biomedical research, project management, biologics discovery, and early pre-clinical development, her passion resides in collaborative and inter-disciplinary approaches to problem-solving. In 2015, she challenged her life purpose, and spent time studying business development and community leadership with various groups of professionals and ordinary people, with the goal of creating more synergy between people, and engaging everyone involved to collaborate differently for better results and better lives.

Nathalie is a now the owner of  A Gentler Parting, LLC, your Compassionate Partner in Holistic Care Planning, in New Haven, CT. Through intensive study and training, Nathalie has earned certification as a Doulagivers ® Care Consultant, an Elder-Care Doula, and an End-of-Life Doula. She is also a trained Hospice Direct Patient Care Volunteer with Seasons’ Hospice and Palliative care of CT.

She offers non-medical, holistic advice to individuals and families who wish to plan better for their own or a loved one’s end of life. She guide her clients, patients and family, through their journey, in trust, providing a listening ear and educated knowledge. She offers Advance care Planning Services, Elder Care Services, and End-of-Life Doula services. Her services and rates are described in great details on A Gentler Parting.

Certifications

Certified Doulagiver Care Consultant

Certified Elder Care and End-of-Life Doula

Contact

Phone: (203) 815-5543

2017-08-06T21:07:08+00:00

Myra Bennett

During and after the loss of several family members and friends, with whom she shared in the care of, she experienced a calling to hospice nursing. At the time, she had been a nurse for nearly thirty years, with the goal always being the promotion of health and life. But it was only after becoming a hospice nurse that she recognized her calling in the field of death and dying, where she learned how to promote a good dying process and provide care and comfort to the loved ones.

As an employed hospice nurse however, Myra often ended her shift when the loved ones still felt her presence was needed. She longed for the freedom and flexibility that would allow her to be of service whenever and for however long it required. Myra felt so passionate about this calling that she enrolled in the Suzanne B. O’Brien End of Life Doula training course and became certified. She now offers her services at Compassionate Crossings in Sacramento.

Certifications

Certified End-of-Life Doula

Contact

(916) 712 3022
P O Box 22801,  Sacramento, Ca 95822

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