End of Life Doulas: Guiding People Out with as Much Dignity as We Bring Them In
Doulagivers End of Life Doula Training with Suzanne B. O’Brien RN
Suzanne B. OBrien RN believes that *”Just like a baby entering this world, it’s important to prepare with special love and attention when someone leaves this world.”*
Suzanne is the Founder and Creator of Doulagivers. Doulagivers is the new specialized area of non-medical healthcare for the elderly.
In 2012, after 15yrs as an RN and Hospice nurse Suzanne made a journey to Zimbabwe and had a personal experience that led her to create Positive Passings, a forum and resource center for families to begin the conversations around end of life care.
As a volunteer working with hospice patients in Zimbabwe which trained neighbors to take care of an ‘end of life’ neighbor and their families, Suzanne was further inspired to create The *End of Life Doula* program. Moved by the profound simplicity and community support provided by this Caregiver Program, Suzanne used this model as a base while incorporating the education and resources we are so fortunate to have available in our country.
END OF LIFE DOULAS ARE COMPANIONS TO THE DYING AND THEIR LOVED ONES.
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Suzanne’s natural intuitive abilities and bedside experience as a hospice nurse give her the compassion and credibility necessary to discuss the confronting topic of death and dying.
Like The Death Chicks Suzanne helps people realize “that death is not a taboo subject, but rather one for frank discussion and thoughtful advance planning”. She is a lively speaker and we’re looking forward to an engaging conversation.
Because she is dedicated to this cause, *Suzanne now offers her Level 1 End of Life Doula Training by donation*. This training is part of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Global Education Directory. Go here for more information https://www.doulagivers.com
Her book Life, Love and Transition: Guidance for the End of Life is Suzanne B. O’Brien’s guide to achieving a dignified, meaningful death through the hospice experience and is available on Amazon.
*About Our Guest*
Suzanne’s training in spiritual, alternative and medical healing led her to her current role as hospice nurse and advocate. She believes in a holistic approach to training:
• Degree in Transpersonal Counseling and Spiritual Ministry: University for Integrative Learning at the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) in Los Alamitos, CA
• Certified Reiki Practitioner: Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
• Registered Nurse: Dutchess County Community College, Poughkeepsie, NY
• Acute Oncology Nurse: Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
• Hospice Nurse and Advocate, Hospice Inc.: Dutchess & Ulster Counties, NY.
Awarded ” Promoting and Supporting Hospice Services Worldwide” By Hospice Inc. 2011
Awarded ” Worldwide Leader in Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association 2016