Pandemic Care Guide—April 2020 Newsletter

spring changes

Spring Changes

The changes and uncertainty we are all dealing with today are very challenging. And yet Spring always brings the promise of new life, with the dull grey winter behind us, and the emerging green and yellow (those colors we Michigan folks’ souls are yearning for) to cheer us. There is opportunity here … for personal growth, creative projects, long-procrastinated chores, new forms of family togetherness and more. I hope you can each find some hope and comfort in the midst of your social isolation.

Meanwhile, I am planning some exciting innovations to our offerings. Among these, we will be offering more online training and, most especially, a hybrid end-of-life training program (part online/part in-person). While many of our students over the years raved about our in-person training, there has also been significant feedback that the three long days are too exhausting and that it is too much information to absorb in such a short time frame. We agree! So, an adaptation to the training program is underway and we expect to launch the hybrid course in time for the August training. Look for it to be more comprehensive as we will no longer be limited to what we can accomplish in three days.

Stay tuned and stay healthy!

In the News and Favorite Blogs

Alzheimer's descent

Powerful Self-Portraits Reveal Artist’s Descent into Alzheimer’s Disease. This blog was posted to our public Facebook Group page and really spoke to me, having lost my mother to this disease.

It’s Time to Talk about Death. The coronavirus pandemic highlights how much we need to have conversations about end-of-life care. New York Times article.

New Pandemic Care Guide published by Oregon Funeral Resources & Education.

More than a Funeral Director: Mediating Grief during COVID-19 by Vermont-based funeral director, Michelle Acciavatii.

It’s the perfect time to work ON your business.

Anyone else want to have something to show for what you have been up to during these many weeks of being home bound? One of the biggest challenges faced by all small business owners is finding time to work ON their business because they are too busy working IN their business. Between taking care of clients, family and self, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Well, now’s your chance and I can help!

My two books, The Doula Business Guide and Workbook provide just the guidance new doula business owners need to walk through the necessary steps of becoming a small business owner. In addition, Join Lifespan Doulas today and you will enjoy a community support network to mentor you through your challenges. Membership also comes with an online directory listing to get the inquiries flowing in AND your member discount means you can save 10% off the books.

doula business guide

Would you be interested?

I am looking for folks who are active as end-of-life doulas or otherwise offering services to individuals/families at the end of life to: (1) share your experience in setting up a practice and providing services to families (even if you are just testing the waters thus far) or (2) share your area of expertise with the Lifespan Doulas community. I would love your help via a couple of avenues–join me for an online interview about your work and/or come to a doula training in Ann Arbor and speak to aspiring EOLDs. Ideally I am hoping to have a panel of three doulas willing to talk informally about their work and answer questions. Reimbursement for your time will be offered. Plus you can join us for a catered lunch. Contact

Do you have questions about becoming an End-of-Life Doula?

We have answers! Join us live on April 14 (Tuesday, 7-8pm EST) for a free interactive webinar. Our Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula will address (at least) the following questions:

  • What is an end-of-life doula and what do they do?
  • Who can become an end-of-life doula?
  • What is the difference between an end-of-life doula and a hospice volunteer?
  • What is our training like and is certification necessary?
  • How do I get started on my path?

Can’t make it? Recordings of recent webinars are available online. Pre-register for the webinar now. Plus, check out our Frequently Asked Questions & Answers.

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Patty Brennan

Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40+ years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained over 3,000 people to become doulas. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula, 4th Edition, and accompanying Workbook.