end of life doula

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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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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An End-of-Life Doula Guides Loved Ones through Death and Grief

-UVM’s End of Life Doula Certificate Program teaches caregivers how to support the dying as well as families and friends. When Kelly Coffey’s childhood friend lay dying in the hospital, she used her end-of-life skills to provide comfort and support. Coffey, who works as a staff assistant in the Employee and Family Assistance Program at […]

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UVM’s End-of-Life Doula and Palliative Care Programs Create Community Event About Care Conversations and Options

Having a conversation about death and dying isn’t typical dinner table chat. But if you ask Kimberly Paul, it probably should be. Paul, author of Bridging the Gap, Life Lessons from the Dying, is traveling around the U.S. in her RV to encourage people to have the hard conversations about the end of life, because […]

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