end of life doula

How Veterinarians and Vet Techs Benefit from UVM’s Companion Animal Doula Certificate

The Companion Animal Doula online program explores components of compassionate care, doula essentials, pet hospice, and palliative care, as well as after-death options and support.

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End-of-Life Books to Help People of All Ages Process Death

Death is hard. Though it’s a natural process we will all go through eventually, it can be difficult to know what to do or say when a loved one dies, especially when children have questions about death. On top of that, it can be hard to cope with our own mortality. The end-of-life books below […]

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Home Funerals and Green Burials Empower Individuals at End of Life

As a leader in the funeral reform movement, an end-of-life doula, and a hospice volunteer for nearly 40 years, Lee Webster has long been an advocate for home funerals. But it wasn’t until her own mother died that Webster was able to fully appreciate the value of a funeral at home. “It’s actually less complicated. […]

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Death Doulas Create Shift from Avoidance to Awareness About End of Life

Many people are afraid of talking about and preparing for their own death, but Francesca Arnoldy doesn’t think you need to be one of them. She is a death doula and the creator of UVM’s End of Life Doula Professional Certificate. Her work enables her to companion people through their end-of-life journey as a non-medical […]

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Weathering the STORM of Grief. Perspective from End-of-Life Doula Program.

By Francesca Arnoldy End-of-Life Doula Program Director   Grief is our natural response to a meaningful loss. Some losses are heavier than others, yet they are all valid and real. It might be a change in daily activities, losing a role we have held, transitioning to an empty nest, divorce, retirement, or a death (among others). […]

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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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In the Age of COVID-19, An End-of-Life Doula Looks for Ways to Support the Dying

Henry R. Carse is a writer, author, pilgrim theologian, and peace activist with more than 40 years of experience living and working in the Middle East. Carse is the Founder of Kids4Peace International, a non-profit interfaith dialogue and action movement that engages Palestinian and Israeli youngsters and their families across the lines of conflict. He […]

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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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In Her Grief, Virginia Chang Set Out to Support Others as an End-of-Life Doula

Personal, profound loss made Virginia Chang want to become an end-of-life doula. After losing three loved ones in a seven-month period, Chang felt powerless, helpless, and grief-stricken. “I was 52 years old and had not experienced any other deaths in my life. I really knew nothing about death or the dying process. I didn’t know […]

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