The goal of Doulagivers Institute is simple and powerful - to provide affordable and accessible education and support to everyone in the world so that every person has the opportunity to die with comfort and dignity in their own home. Death is something that we all have in common no matter our race, religion, or socioeconomic status. We believe that this education to support people to have the most positive end of life experience is a human right, not a privilege
An average of 2.5 to 3 million people experience the end of life each year in the United States, 75% of which are expected, rather than sudden. At the same time, there are millions of people (mainly family members) who provide unpaid assistance and support to the elderly and those at the end of life. Evidence shows that most of these caregivers are ill-prepared and provide care with little to no assistance. Family members of dying patients are being thrown into caregiver roles with no prior experience or adequate training and there is currently a massive “gap” in support that exists in the mainstream end of life care industry.
The mission of Doulagivers Institute is to offer state of the art, professional educational programs and resources to help family caregivers perform this duty with less difficulty and reduce the unnecessary suffering that comes along with bad end of life experiences. Death is a guaranteed part of all of our lives - and it can go well. Doulagivers Institute is an online resource center that offers free education and paid-for programs to help fill this support gap and create better end of life outcomes for all.
Doulagivers Institute also trains and certifies professional Doulagivers. Doulagivers are thoroughly trained “death experts” who help navigate and guide patients and families through the entire end of life journey, providing support before, during and after death. They are a huge tool for empowerment, knowledge and advocacy on behalf of patients and family caregivers. Deficiencies exist in the mainstream end of life care industry that are harming people at the most vulnerable time in their lives - Doulagivers are an integral part of reshaping and enhancing end of life care for the future.
Meet Our Founder & CEO: Suzanne B. O’Brien RN:
Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the Founder & CEO of Doulagivers Institute. Her life's mission is to increase the availability and access to high quality end of life education and care for patients and families throughout the world. Suzanne has developed free resources and trainings for family caregivers and practitioners from her firsthand experience working at the bedside of over 1,000 end of life patients as a hospice nurse and palliative care professional.
Doulagivers Institute was formed in 2012 by Suzanne after she was moved to action by what she witnessed in the homes of her dying patients as a hospice nurse - both the beautiful, empowering deaths that she feels every person has a right to experience and the heartbreaking, traumatic ones that she recognized were the reality for far too many. Improving end of life outcomes for all members of the community through education and advocacy, as well as increasing satisfaction with the home hospice care experience is the ultimate goal of Doulagivers Institute.
Suzanne is a registered nurse and has been awarded “Worldwide Leader in Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers Institute. She has worked directly at the bedside of over one thousand end of life patients as a hospice and oncology nurse. Suzanne has a degree in Transpersonal Counseling and Spiritual Ministry from (AIWP) in Los Alamitos, CA and was named Humanitarian Ambassador for Oprah Magazine in 2019 for her work to bring peace and comfort to those facing the end of life around the world.