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A Hospice Volunteer Supports the Dying, Loved Ones from a Distance

After losing her mother and grandmother a month apart, Alana Osher felt compelled to learn more about end-of-life support. “When my mom got sick—she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of terminal cancer—I was her caregiver at the end, and it was kind of crazy and a whirlwind,” Osher says. “I remember feeling so frustrated […]

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A Caregiver Focuses on Staying Centered During the COVID-19 Crisis

Mary Holmes is reminding herself to breathe. Holmes is a supervisor for the supportive day program at the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living. She works with clients who live with disabilities and varying levels of memory impairment. She recently completed UVM’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate, an 8-week online program to prepare those interested in the […]

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Expert on Healing After the Loss of a Pet Joins New Companion Animal End-of-Life Doula Program

By Kate Whitney   Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and author of several books on parenting and relationships, is also a lifelong animal enthusiast and expert on healing after the loss of a beloved pet or companion animal. He […]

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End of Life Doula Training: Connecting with Patients and Embracing Grief

For Cheri Rigby, to grieve is to grow. When Rigby lost her father, brother, and mother over nine years, she felt consumed by grief. After her mother died, she enrolled in the UVM End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program in 2018. “When I started the end-of-life doula program, it was very much for my personal need […]

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An End of Life Doula Wants to Change the Conversation Around Death and Dying

Margaret Phenix knows first-hand that the way we handle death is all wrong. People don’t talk about death and dying, she says, and there’s often pressure for the bereaved to move on too quickly. “The whole way we look at death in this society doesn’t work, and we live in such a death-denying society,” says […]

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Filling a Critical Gap in End-of-Life Care

By Cabot Creamery Co-operative Death is a natural part of life. Even so, talking about death feels anything but natural. According to the National Palliative Care Center, 20 percent of the United States’ population will be over age 65 by the year 2030—that’s more than 60 million people. Chances are, a significant portion of these […]

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