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Ask a Death Doula: Behind the Scenes of the Death Doula Global Summit

Ask a Death Doula: Behind the Scenes of the Death Doula Global Summit

November 11, 2020

Behind the Scenes of the Death Doula Global Summit 💕

 

Suzanne B. O’Brien here,

As a former Hospice and Oncology nurse, I have been working in the end of life space for a long time. After witnessing so much suffering at the end of life due to the large gaps in care that exist in the mainstream medical system, I created Doulagivers International. The Doulagivers End of Life Doula training was born out of a pure organic need to provide more education and support to both patient and family at the end of life. It has worked beautifully. Helping to support those at the end of life to have a positive passing (we only have one chance to have end of life go well, we cannot go back and do it over) is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another. We need change and we need it now.

Talking about Death is Talking about Life

If you think that the Death Doula Global Summit is going to be scary and depressing, think again! I have always said that people at the end of life can teach us everything we need to know about living if we would just listen. We are a global family. One of the things that has had the biggest impact on me during my career is how end of life patients would say the same things to me. It did not matter what culture, religion, or socioeconomic status they were from

– many of them would share the same “awareness” with me at the end of their lives.

- Everything was meant for a reason. - We are ALL connected to one universal energy.

- There is no judgment.

These “Universal Laws” and principles have been around for thousands of years. We have all but lost them in our modern society. How profound that these are the words spoken before people leave this world. What would our world be like if we brought these principles back into our everyday lives?

Behind the Scenes of the Death Doula Global Summit

In this episode of “Ask a Death Doula” I take you behind the scenes of the Death Doula Global Summit! This summit has been 8 months in the active working phase, and I am thrilled to say that it is almost here!

All through my years working as a Doulagivers trainer, I have come to know and admire so many wonderful people that work in this space. All around the world, we experience end of life and here is what is so beautiful – we go through and experience many of the same things no matter where we are in the world or what our personal situation is. We are all more similar than we are different, and the end of life shows this truth vividly.

Bringing together the “voices” of 24 speakers from 9 different countries and letting you hear firsthand about their experiences, wisdom, and what is needed for the future is priceless. In this podcast I will take you on a tour of the summit website, show you how to join, and share a bit about each one of the amazing speakers that we are SO incredibly grateful to have be a part of this!

Today More Than Ever

“Let us allow death to be our greatest teacher about life. Let it remind us of just how similar we are, not different. Let death teach us that kindness and presence are the greatest gifts we can give to one another. “– Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

We would love for you to join us for the online Death Doula Global Summit November 16th – 22nd. Tickets are free, click here to join: https://www.doulagiversinstitutefhl.com/death-doula-summit/

In Love & Service,

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

Ask a Death Doula: Top Lessons Learned From Those at end of Life With Dr. Karen Wyatt

Ask a Death Doula: Top Lessons Learned From Those at end of Life With Dr. Karen Wyatt

August 24, 2020

In this episode of Ask a Death Doula, I will be having a discussion with Dr Karen Wyatt on all the beautiful things we have learned working with those at the end of life. Their wisdom is priceless. We will also share the training we are hosting together. Please click the link below for registration details. xo Suzanne "How to be Resilient in Difficult Times" with Dr Karen Wyatt and Suzanne B. O'Brien RN Dr Karen Wyatt and Suzanne B. O'Brien RN Dr. Karen Wyatt of End of Life University and Suzanne B. O'Brien RN founder of International Doulagivers Institute have joined together to offer their combined years of bedside experiences and wisdom working with those at the end of life in an empowering and progressive new webinar series! Top Lessons Learned from Those at The End of Life: How to be Resilient in Difficult Times will uncover the truth of what lifes' journey is really all about and offer ways that we can access the deeper meaning through experiential exercises.

https://www.doulagiversinstitute.com/courses/top-lessons-learned-from-those-at-the-end-of-life-how-to-be-resilient-in-difficult-times-with-dr-karen-wyatt-and-suzanne-b-o-brien-rn

 

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barbara Karnes, RN

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barbara Karnes, RN

July 20, 2020

On this episode of "Ask a Death Doula", I have the great pleasure of interviewing Barbara Karnes RN. Enjoy this lively discussion from this expert about "Pain at End of Life" - the title of her latest educational booklet. Barbara has insights and wisdom that every person can benefit from.

 

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, thought leader and expert on end of life care and the dynamics of dying. Barbara was recognized in 2018 as a Hospice Innovator by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and was named the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year by the World Humanitarian Awards.

Barbara’s experience as a hospice care provider at the bedside of hundreds of people, and as an administrator overseeing the care of thousands, led to the 1985 publication of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience. Affectionately referred to in the industry as the “little blue hospice book,” Gone from My Sight has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, is published in 12 languages, and remains the leading resource on the market today educating families on the signs of approaching death.

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Barbara Karnes Books

End of Life Care Facebook Group

Something-To-Think-About Blog

Podcast Interview With O Magazine Insider Amy Boyle!

Podcast Interview With O Magazine Insider Amy Boyle!

July 15, 2020

In this segment of Ask a Death Doula's O Mag Insiders Series, I have the fortune to interview the magnetic Amy Boyle. Amy Boyle is the Founder of the 52 Phenomenal Women Project and has been a Brand Ambassador with O, the Oprah Magazine since 2017! A photographer for more than 20 years, Amy graduated from Northwestern University where she received a dual degree in art history and marketing. Her work has been published internationally and includes portrait, theater, PR, as well as fine art photography.

Enjoy this interview with this inspiring woman.

xo Suzanne

You can catch up with Amy Here:

Project: https://www.52phenomenalwomen.com/ #52PWP

Work: http://www.amyboylephotography.com/

Social: @amyboylephoto Email: amy@amyboylephoto.com

 

Ask a Death Doula Interviews Lynda Anello- Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare

Ask a Death Doula Interviews Lynda Anello- Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare

June 16, 2020

Death Doulas and Hospice Working Together to Provide the Best Possible Care! In This episode of "Ask a Death Doula" I am speaking with Lynda Anello who is the Community Liaison for Vitas Healthcare. Today we explore the beautiful holistic work of hospice and how Death Doulas are a wonderful support to the present day hospice team. xo Suzanne B. O'Brien RN  

Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt

Ask A Death Doula With Dr. Karen Wyatt

May 12, 2020

In this Interview of Ask a Death Doula, I have the great pleasure of interviewing Dr. Karen Wyatt! Dr. Karen Wyatt is the bestselling author of the books The Tao of Death and 7 Lessons for Living from the Dying, which contains stories of patients she cared for as a hospice doctor and the spiritual lessons she learned from them at the end of their lives. Dr. Wyatt also hosts End-of-Life University Podcast, which features conversations with experts who work in all aspects of end-of-life care. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. In addition, she is valued for her application of spiritual principles to illness and healthcare and teaches that in order to live life fully we must each overcome our fear of death and embrace the difficulties that life brings us.

Website: https://www.eoluniversity.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eoluniversity/

Twitter: @spiritualmd

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwyattmd/

 

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barbara Karnes, RN

Ask A Death Doula Interview With Barbara Karnes, RN

April 13, 2020

On this episode of "Ask a Death Doula", I have the great pleasure of interviewing Barbara Karnes RN. Enjoy this lively discussion from this expert about "Pain at End of Life" - the title of her latest educational booklet. Barbara has insights and wisdom that every person can benefit from.

 

Barbara Karnes, RN, is an internationally recognized author, speaker, thought leader and expert on end of life care and the dynamics of dying. Barbara was recognized in 2018 as a Hospice Innovator by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and was named the 2015 International Humanitarian Woman of the Year by the World Humanitarian Awards.

Barbara’s experience as a hospice care provider at the bedside of hundreds of people, and as an administrator overseeing the care of thousands, led to the 1985 publication of Gone from My Sight: The Dying Experience. Affectionately referred to in the industry as the “little blue hospice book,” Gone from My Sight has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, is published in 12 languages, and remains the leading resource on the market today educating families on the signs of approaching death.

Links Mentioned in This Episode

Barbara Karnes Books

End of Life Care Facebook Group

Something-To-Think-About Blog

How Seven Widowed Fathers Helped Each Other Through Grief

How Seven Widowed Fathers Helped Each Other Through Grief

March 6, 2020

On Today's episode of Ask a Death Doula, my guest is Justin M. Yopp, PhD,. Justin Yopp is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a member of UNC’s Comprehensive Cancer Support Program, Dr. Yopp offers psychotherapy, assessment, and consult-liaison services for both pediatric oncology and adult oncology populations at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. Dr. Yopp also co-leads the Widowed Parent Program (www.widowedparent.org), which offers support groups for parents who have lost a spouse or partner and are raising children on their own and conducts research to support grieving families. He co-authored The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life (Oxford Press), which weaves together contemporary thinking on grief, adaptation and resiliency with the true story of the men from their first support group. Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Dr. Yopp served as a psychologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

links mentioned in this Interview::

** website: www.widowedparent.org

** TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/justin_yopp_more_than_grief_how_seven_fathers_reimagined_life_after_loss

** Book:The Group: Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life The Group: How Seven Widowed Fathers Reimagine Life

Ask a Death Doula-Talking “Love and Death” with Michael Hebb Founder of “Death Over Dinner”

Ask a Death Doula-Talking “Love and Death” with Michael Hebb Founder of “Death Over Dinner”

February 7, 2020

On this episode of Ask a Death Doula, My guest is Michael Hebb. Michael is the founder of Death Over Dinner and author of the book Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner.) He will share how the early illness and subsequent death of his father led him on a path to seek answers to life at just a tender age of 13. It is no wonder that he has accomplished so much inspiring work in this sacred space. In this episode, he will discuss the value of conversation at the dinner table and particularly for discussing difficult topics like death. We learn how Death Over Dinner now includes death dinners for healthcare providers. Michael also shares information about the upcoming event Love and Death, which will take place April, 2020 in Seattle, WA.The Love and Death Conference is bringing together the most poignant and inspired thought leaders in relationships, love, aging, death and dying to create a beautiful opportunity to explore what makes us human.

Links Mentioned in this show:

• Death Over Dinner Website : https://deathoverdinner.org/?fbclid=IwAR2UM1kfJbSVe1w5WXHG3gVxx07_wgUWU8t0YdIKDvOS1AEi52cv1f0zpeA

Love and Death Conference Event Seattle, WA April 24th-26th Connect. Collaborate. Express | RoundGlass Collective: https://collective.round.glass/v1/love-and-death

• Email Michael Hebb at Michael@deathoverdinner.org if you’re interested in being part of the EOL Collective

Ask A Death Doula - Interview with President of The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil Chapter

Ask A Death Doula - Interview with President of The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil Chapter

January 24, 2020

My guest today is Rodrigo Luz! Rodrigo is very inspiring!

Rodrigo Luz is the president of the Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation Brazil, an official chapter of the EKR Foundation USA. The mission of the EKR Foundation is to spread Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's legacy worldwide.

Rodrigo is an existential therapist working with palliative care and grief therapy in Brazil. He is a visiting professor of palliative care of several states of Brazil, such as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro and the University of Pernambuco in northeastern of Brazil. He is also a professor at Casa do Cuidar, an organization that trains professionals in the philosophy and practice of Palliative Care in the city of São Paulo. He currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, where is the EKR Foundation in Brazil, near Copacabana beach.

Currently, the EKR Foundation in Brazil operates on the following fronts:

- The creation of a compassionate community for palliative care assistance to the most vulnerable population

- Training volunteers to care for patients in need of hospice or bereavement care - Partnership with national and local organizations to change death and dying culture

- Interdisciplinary seminars on death and dying, in which we interviewed critically ill patients, following the same method that Elisabeth Kübler-Ross created in the 1960s at the University of Chicago

- more than 150 patients have been interviewed weekly in our Brazilian Death and Dying Seminars

- Workshops in all areas of Brazil with hundreds of students interviewing dying patients and asking them to be our teachers (these workshops are conducted by Rodrigo Luz and Daniela Freitas Bastos, president and vice president of EKR Foundation Brazil)

- Workshops on Interpretation of Drawings of the Dying, as well as other methods used by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

- A 360-hour Advanced Palliative Care and Thanatology Trainning in Rio de Janeiro with students from all over Brazil

- Creating hospices based on the philosophy of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

- Workshops to help healthcare professionals, patients, and family members confront their unfinished business and understand the importance of unconditional love.

You can learn more about The Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Brazil and US with the links below:

EKR Foundation Brazil Website: https://ekrbrasil.com

EKR Foundation USA website: https://www.ekrfoundation.org

FREE DOULA TRAINING- Learn the Skill, Change the World xo Suzanne

If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a Certified End of Life Doula Practitioner, follow the link below to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!

For More Information on taking the free LIVE Doula Training Click Here: International Doulagivers Institute or visit doulagivers.com

 

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