New End-of-Life Doula Research—February Newsletter

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New research on end-of-life doulas includes perspectives from four countries. Also in this newsletter–pandemic resources, what to say to a friend whose spouse has dementia, water cremation, electronic wills, force feeding our loves ones, and more! 

February 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
New Research on End-of-Life Doulas
Describing the end-of-life doula role and practices of care: perspectives from four countries. This qualitative study reports the findings from 22 interviews with key innovators and pioneers in the EOLD movement–five each from Australia and the U.K., and six each from Canada and the U.S. Findings include a broad range of descriptors of the EOLD role. Ultimately, to achieve mainstream acceptance of EOLDs, quantitative research that establishes the benefits and health care cost savings of EOLDs is needed, but this qualitative study is a step in the right direction. 
end-of-life doulaResources & Favorite Blogs
What to say to a friend whose spouse has dementia. For some, it starts with communication problems; for others, it’s forgetfulness. When a friend learns their spouse has dementia, they find themselves at the beginning of a long and often harrowing journey — one characterized by grief, loss, isolation and loneliness.

Pandemic Resources for Families Facing End of Life. The National Home Funeral Association has pulled together some great tips, videos and resources for navigating death at this time.

Everyone dies, so why not go out as a tree?  How Denver death doulas and modern undertakers are using water cremation and conversation to change the death industry.

Is my electronic will legal? Attorney David Little discusses estate planning and current legislation governing electronic wills, including differences among the states.
ResourcesTop 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 on February 9 (Tuesday 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?The reviews are in …
“This training was AMAZING and I am SO glad I did it. Thank you for your brilliance, skillful content curating, presence, wisdom and modeling of such respectful honoring of what is right and true for others as a doula way of being. I can’t wait to keep moving forward on my doula work!”
—Annie Girresch, St. Louis, MO

Our comprehensive End-of-Life Doula Training program features:10 self-paced online training modulesLive interactive workshop on ZoomLifetime certification (included in the registration fee)Upcoming 2021 Trainings (Your choice of dates)March 17, 24 & 31 (3 Wednesdays, 1-4:15pm EST)May 22 & 23 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-3pm EST)Additional Spring/Summer dates coming soon!“Wow! Amazing training. Thank you so very much for giving so completely of your knowledge and yourself. I felt the training was very comprehensive, well-presented, and flowed nicely. I appreciate how attentive you were to staying on schedule. Honestly, the time simply flew by on both days. I will definitely be taking more trainings from you.”
—Reverend Dr. Kathaleen Martin, Sparks, NVmembership benefitsMEMBERS ONLY WEBINAR
March 17 (Wednesday, 7-8pm EST)ARE WE FORCIBLY FEEDING OUR LOVED ONES?Feeding a dying person can bring up a lot of ethical and emotional concerns. Is this act truly helpful or harmful? Richelle Godwin discusses what happens when the body starts to shut down, ways to support nourishment for the dying, risks associated with feeding and drinking close to death, and a range of related considerations. Richelle is a Registered Dietitian who has worked in end of life care for over 16 years. She works with many family members grappling with these concerns and helps guide them to the best path for a supportive decline for their loved one. She has her own consulting company, Health Crush, and is also a team member with the Gentle Passage Doula Collective.Become a member of Lifespan Doulas. Members also gain access to past recorded webinars, an enhanced Directory listing, and more! Don’t miss out on these great continuing education programs, offered bi-monthly throughout 2021.Become a Member of Lifespan Doulas today and gain access to all webinar archives:Member WebinarsRemember Me: The Work of LegacyRiding the Roller Coaster of GriefFacilitating End-of-Life ConversationsSelf-Publishing for Doulas: Why & How ToForming an End-of-Life Doula CollectiveCreating an Effective Doula ContractStaying Out of Trouble with the IRSThe Who, What, Why, When & How of Doula WorkDon’t miss out on our great continuing education programs, offered bi-monthly throughout 2021. Become a member of Lifespan Doulas.

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.