Doulagivers of North Central Florida


Nine out of 10 people polled said they want to be kept at home at the end of life, yet half are dying in hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Doulagivers ® End of Life Doulas can work with hospice to accomplish the 9 out of 10 staying at home in their last phase of life.  How is this achieved?  Doulagivers End of Life Doulas provide the additional support that families need in order to feel comfortable with taking care of their dying loved one at home. They are non-medical professionals that provide holistic support for the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death.  Trained in the various end of life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural processes while providing comfort and support.

Doulagivers of North Central Florida

Doulagivers provides training and certification for End-of-Life practitioners who are leading the way in the support and care for our elder population.  Doulagivers is dedicated to educating, supporting, and caring for patients and their families during the last phase of life offering three (3) specialized areas of training: Doulagivers Certified End-of-Life Doula, Doulagivers Care Consultant, and Doulagivers Eldercare Doulas.  A Doulagivers End-of-Life Doula is a non-medical professional that is trained to provide holistic care (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) to an individual and their family throughout the various end of life stages. Doulas are known throughout the world by various names: End-of-Life Doula, End of Life Coaches, Death Doula, Soul Midwifes, Transition Guides, Death Midwives, Thanadoula, and Doulagiver. A Doulagiver Care Consultant is trained to help individuals create living well end of life/aging plans, as well as the necessary documentation to ensure that an individual’s wishes are honored at end. A Doulagivers Eldercare Doula is trained to care for aging seniors by being a companion through the aging process



Roughly 20 percent of Baby Boomers do not have children of their own.

Who will care for these elders?


9/10 people want to be kept at home if they become terminally ill.
Yet over half are dying in the hospital or long-term care facility.


The #1 concern of the dying is to not be a burden to their loved ones.
How are families addressing this concern?


Over 80 percent of people prefer to stay in their own homes as they age.

Do they have access to resources to maintain independence?

Doulagivers of North Central Flordia proudly offers Doulagivers award winning Level I End- of- Life Training

Learn how to care for someone who is dying through all three phases of end-of-life. We are pleased to offer Doulagivers ® level I End-of-Life Doula Training. The information presented in this training is appropriate for everyone: family, caregivers, volunteers, and community members. Participants will learn about the three phases of end-of-life and the interventions they can use to provide comfort and support to both the patient and their loved ones. This workshop empowers individuals to embrace the concept of community; caring for each other at the end of life.

What you will learn:
• The three (3) phases of end-of-life:
o The Shock Phase
o The Stabilization Phase
o The Transition Phase.

• What interventions can be used in each of the three (3) phases to ensure optimal comfort and care.

• Application of the learning through the use of case studies with real end-of-life scenarios to reinforce the knowledge presented.

Donations are accepted and benefit the International Doulagivers Foundation whose mission is to provide worldwide awareness, education, support and programs to both patients and their loved ones for the elder years and the end of life process.

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Doulagivers Training Programs

Eldercare Doula Training

Learn how to provide care to your aging seniors by simply being a companion through the aging process, as well as providing ongoing support as end of life approaches.

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Certified End of Life Doula Training

Doulagivers certified EOLD Training is a non-medical course. Doulas are highly educated; learning everything from the time of diagnosis to how to help families even after their loved one passes.

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Care Consultant Training

Doulagivers Care Consultants are trained to help individuals create living well plans as well as the necessary documentation to ensure that an individuals wishes are honored at end of life.

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End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care.
– National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA)

“I commend Mary Ellen Shea and kudos to her and best wishes in starting the new division of her business appleSeeders, Doulagivers of NorthCentral Florida.  What a better person than Mary Ellen who has the knowledge, experience, understanding and guidance to offer.”

Mary Lou Todd, RN

“In recognition of your leadership and many achievements in serving the patients and families of our area in their struggles and triumphs during end of life issues in ways that bring hope and comfort in their times of great stress.

The Board of Directors thanks you for your Vision for our future and guiding us during a period of Great Change.”  Board of Directors, Hospice and Palliative Care of Avery County, NC

Board of Directors, Hospice and Palliative Care of Avery County, NC

“Mary Ellen and I worked closely together during a difficult time of transition for our hospice organization.  At times, making the necessary changes looked improbable if not impossible, but the organization today is leaps and bounds from where it began.

I can’t recommend Mary Ellen enough as a committed leader who will create a plan and see it through.”

Aaron Blackmor, CPA

Meet Mary Ellen Shea From Doulagivers of North Central Florida

It seems death has been a companion since I was 14 years old.  Unexpected, I was told that my dad had collapsed and died in a restaurant.  Ever fearful from that time onward, it seemed like I was always looking over my shoulder for it to happen again…suddenly.  And it did!  In 1997, my husband and I were suddenly faced with the devastating news of his terminal diagnosis.  Overwhelmed by the news, I wanted to run away.  I was not ready to face death, not yet anyway!  But by the grace of God, the continued care, conversation and compassion from hospice, I finally faced my fears.  After a year of rest and reflection, I decided to become a hospice volunteer and share what had been given to me and my husband.  Little did I know, at the time, hospice would open a new career path for me.  When my family learned, I was going to work for hospice, they were astounded.   They couldn’t believe it.  Mary Ellen, who always wanted to keep her distance from death, going to work for hospice.  A miracle!

Growing and strengthening my career within hospice steered me towards becoming a hospice executive director and CEO.  Achieving a Master Degree in Management, late in my life, served me well in hospice leadership.  Early on, I received widespread recognition for my leadership and vision in expanding end-of-life services throughout the mountain communities of Western North Carolina.  I collaborated and coordinated the design of two hospice inpatient units, one in North Carolina and the second in Maryland.

I became known as a hospice entrepreneur and gained a reputation for supporting cutting edge ideas in the field of hospice while continuing to look for opportunities to better serve the dying in their communities.

Now a veteran hospice CEO and hospice volunteer, I continue to fuel my passion for end-of-life care.  Armed with rare vocational vision, education and twenty years of hospice experience it seems only fitting for me to launch my business, Doulagivers of North Central Florida, and participate with other entrepreneurs who are providing the training and certification for End-of-Life practitioners who are leading the way in the support and care for the dying.

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