End-of-Life Doula Internships—January Newsletter

The Guest House of Fowlerville
January 2021 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
Happy New YearA new year brings hope. 
Change is in the air. For many of us, the pandemic and government response to it, have altered our lives dramatically–from losing loved ones to the disease, to loss of businesses we built from scratch, job losses that may never come back, loss of personal freedom, and more. That’s a lot of people hurt and facing an uncertain future. So it is a bit facile to simply say “Happy New Year.” Yet, there may be opportunity for positive change in this moment, if we can fight pandemic fatigue and hold onto hope. This will pass.

I was with a niece and nephew, both in their early twenties, over Christmas. We had an interesting conversation revolving around the question “What have you learned about yourself since COVID?” Both reported that they learned (emphatically) they do not like working from home. What have you learned about yourself during COVID? How will that shape your future choices?

When anxiety threatens to overwhelm, I find it helps me to focus on gratitude and my many blessings daily. And I ask myself, “why am I alive today? What is my purpose?” Then, remain open to the answers that come. This practice does not negate the pain or make the challenges we are facing easier, but it does acknowledge the power each of us has within to prevail. Happy New Year everyone!New Pilot Program! End-of-Life Doula Internships at
The Guest House of Fowlerville
Guest House of FowlervilleJen Fargo is the founder and executive director of The Guest House of Fowlerville, a nonprofit, residential hospice home located in Fowlerville, Michigan. Jen is a former hospice nurse and end-of-life doula. She is launching an internship program for folks seeking to gain hands-on experience as an end-of-life doula. Learn more about this amazing opportunity (first candidate to begin interning on February 1st).
Favorite Blogs & Resources …
Study finds that hearing remains active close to death. New research demonstrates brain activity in unresponsive patients exposed to sound.

Peace and Purpose after Loss. This Grief Refuge Podcast by Reid Peterson uses reflective conversations and stories to provide listeners with comfort and support on the path to healing and finding purpose after loss.

Feeling like a fraud at work? 3 ways to combat “Imposter Syndrome.” When I read this blog, I thought of you–those of you who may be feeling that you are not ready to jump in the deep end and call yourself an end-of-life doula.

A Hospice Nurse’s Frustration, blog post by Barbara Karnes. “I wish there was another way for hospice to be reimbursed that did not involve the nurses spending 75% of their time doing paperwork & meetings.”Top 5 Questions about becoming an end-of-life doulaDo you have questions about becoming an end-of-life doula?
We have answers! You are invited to join the Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula FREE interactive webinar tonight, January 6 (Wednesday 7pm EST). To gain entry to the webinar, pre-register now.What is an end-of-life doula and what do they do?How is an EOLD different from a hospice volunteer?What type of background do you need to become an EOLD?Is certification necessary for doulas?How do I get started on my path?These are just some of the questions we will answer. What questions do you have?membership benefitsMEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR
January 20 (Wednesday, 7-8pm EST)REMEMBER ME: THE WORK OF LEGACYThis month, Bonnie Blachly hosts a conversation with Colleen Hewes, DC, MSN, RN who will be sharing her process of creating legacy through the Best 3 Months program. She will be discussing the five domains of life and creating a vision map for her clients as they work through the process of life completion. Watch this video about Colleen’s program.

Become a member of Lifespan Doulas. Members also gain access to past recorded webinars, an enhanced Directory listing, and more! Access to the live webinar is provided directly to members. Don’t miss out on these great continuing education programs, offered bi-monthly throughout 2021.What topics do you want to hear more about?
online surveyWe have created a short survey to gain your input on continuing education topics of interest. We are also soliciting presenters on topics of interest if you have an expertise to share. A one-year membership in Lifespan Doulas is offered as compensation for presenters (this includes an enhanced Directory listing). Typically, webinars take the form of a short presentation and/or interview facilitated by Bonnie Blachly, our Director of Continuing Education, followed by open Q&A with participants. We will be sending out the survey in a separate email in a week or so and would love your input. Or, feel free to email patty@lifespandoulas.com directly with your ideas.During dark months when there is little to do …
Join us online to explore the role of the end-of-life doula. You 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 ESTdeath vigil

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 approximately 2,500 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.