A new community-based hospice home—December Newsletter

The Guest House of Fowlerville
December 2020 NewsletterView this email in your browser
End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification~ Supporting life’s final transition ~
Become an End-of-Life Doula!The Doula Business Guide
by Patty Brennan
2020 is nearly over.
winter sceneNot too many of us will shed tears over that reality, I’m guessing. The media are telling us that we are heading into a “dark few months of winter.” Fear levels are high and, I might add, being hyped. In challenging times, each of us needs a mental health plan involving daily practices that keep us sane. For me, these include focusing on things I am grateful for, getting out of the house for fresh air, connecting with others, tuning out the News for a break, moving my body. I’ve noticed that the days when I neglect these practices tend to correlate with my bad mental health days.

It’s a great time to study, to learn, to work on developing your dream doula business. This too shall pass. The question is, “Where do you want to be on the other side?” Let’s focus on what we CAN do, rather than giving way to defeat by focusing on the ways we are limited. See the many opportunities we have to help get you through the looming winter months and position yourself to achieve your goals. Henry Ford once said, “One woman thinks she can and one thinks she can’t. They’re both right.” (Actually, Ford only spoke of men, but the idea is right on, so I took the liberty of changing it.)Guest House of Fowlerville
A home for your loved one when they can’t stay at home …
The Guest House of Fowlerville is a nonprofit community residential home specializing in caring for terminally ill guests in their last days to weeks of life. Caregivers on staff collaborate with local Michigan hospice companies who provide the medical management while they provide a loving, peaceful home with 24-hour compassionate care to the dying and their families. I met with Founder/Executive Director Jen Fargo and her husband Brian last week and enjoyed a tour of the lovely space they have created.

Jen is a Registered Nurse and certified End-of-Life Doula. She shared, as so many of you have, that feeling of finding her true calling in life when she first discovered the realm of End-of-Life Doulas. Now Jen is exploring ways to integrate EOLDs into the services she is offering. Stay tuned for more as details become available …

The Guest House does not receive third party reimbursement for services and no one is turned away for lack of funds. The entire operation runs on love, donations and the hard work of Jen and Brian. If you can, make a tax-deductible charitable donation today to The Guest House of Fowlerville to support Jen’s work with the dying and their families.Favorite Blogs & Resources …
Suggested Guidelines for Forming Regional EOL Doula Groups, from NEDA. This useful resource contains easy-to-follow guidelines for EOLDs who are considering going into business together, or who wish to create a not-for-profit venture, by laying out several adaptable business models and formats, and offering useful information on how to go about realizing your goals.

End-of-Life Care for COPD Patients (in search of a good death …)

Disenfranchised Grief: The Five Types and Reactions Explained. The five types include: (1) when the relationship is not acknowledged, (2) when the loss itself is not recognized, (3) when the griever is not recognized, (4) when stigma is attached to the death, and (5) when the person’s grief process does not fit with societal norms.

Unstoppable Terminal Delirium in the Dying, by Barbara Karnes.UPCOMING membership benefitsMEMBERS ONLY WEBINARS: Interactive, live, time for Q&A
December 8 (Tuesday 7-8pm EST)
Riding the Rollercoaster of Grief
This session is OPEN TO ALL (access below)

Kathleen Putnam will be presenting on her as a grief coach. As we approach the Holiday season, grief may be heightened as families come together for the first time without one of their beloved family members who have died. Kathleen is the owner of Coaching at the End of Life in the Seattle area.Join Zoom Meeting
Passcode: 582573
Or Call: 720-707-2699 (Meeting ID: 873 8855 7087)

Become a member of Lifespan Doulas. Members also gain access to past recorded webinars, an enhanced Directory listing, and more!Finding a path to success or making excuses to not act is a choice.
Doula Businss Guide WorkbookOn Saturday, December 12, join me online for a highly interactive, inspiring and fun Doula Business Development Workshop. I guarantee you will leave this workshop with the tools and encouragement needed to begin implementing your vision. Registration includes a copy of The Doula Business Guide Workbook: Tools to Create a Thriving Practice. Topics include:Cultivating abundanceEstablishing your valueMarketing on a budget ~ How to grow your businessSetting goals and other implementation strategiesManaging your time ~ How to fit it all inDoes end-of-life doula work resonate in you?
circle of supportYou can begin your doula journey today with our comprehensive hybrid End-of-Life Doula Training program online. The program features:10 self-paced online training modules (access provided shortly after enrollment)Live interactive online workshop (your choice of dates)Lifetime certification (included in the registration fee)Upcoming 2021 TrainingsJanuary 16 & 17 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-3pm EST)March 17, 24 & 31 (3 Wednesdays, 1-4:15pm EST)May 22 & 23 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-3pm ESTDo you have questions about becoming an end-of-life doula?
Top 5 Questions about becoming an end-of-life doulaWe have answers! Our next FREE, interactive webinar will be held December 16 (Wednesday 7pm EST)Pre-register now for the Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula. Wewill provide an overview of:the role of the EOLD and types of services providedhow doulas interact with the hospice teamwhether you can support yourself doing EOLD workquestions regarding certificationand whatever YOU want to know (bring your questions)!

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 2,000 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, 3rd Edition.