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Suzanne B. O’Brien, RN Talks Life, Death, and - Yes - Afterlife with Rev. Terri Daniels

Suzanne B. O’Brien, RN Talks Life, Death, and - Yes - Afterlife with Rev. Terri Daniels

April 25, 2019

terri.jpgIn this episode of "Ask a Death Doula," we talk all about the spiritual component of life, death, and yes-afterlife. My guest Rev. Terri Daniel, MA, CT is a clinical chaplain, end-of-life educator and trauma specialist certified in death, dying and bereavement by the Association of Death Education and Counseling. The focus of her work is to assist dying and grieving individuals to discover a more spiritually-spacious understanding of death and beyond.

 

Terri conducts workshops throughout the U.S. to help the dying and the bereaved find healing through meditative, ceremonial and therapeutic processes that focus on inner transformation rather than external events. Her work is acclaimed by physicians, hospice workers, grief counselors and clergy for its pinpoint clarity on the process of dying and grieving, and its heartfelt depiction of consciousness beyond the physical body.

 

Her unique form of "radical mysticism" incorporates elements of Buddhism, Shamanism, ancient pagan practices, Gnosticism and other spiritual traditions to break down limiting beliefs about forgiveness, divine judgment, and negative experience. 

 

Terri has a BA in Religious Studies from Marylhurst University, an MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling from Fordham University, and is currently doing doctoral research on spirituality and grief at the San Francisco Theological Seminary.

 

She is the author of three books on death and the afterlife and is also the founder of the annual Afterlife Awareness Conference.  

 

About The Afterlife Conference

 

The Afterlife Education Foundation was launched by Terri Daniel in 2010 because, at the time, the survival of consciousness beyond physical death wasn't adequately represented in traditional forums such as scientific or bereavement conferences. Motivated by a desire to share that knowledge, the first conference was produced in 2011. The conference is now in its 9th year and draws attendees from all over the world. It is held in a different U.S. city each year, and in June 2019 it will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. For details, please visit www.AfterlifeConference.com

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING

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 this free Doula Training Click Here: http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

 

OR

 

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! Follow the link below to learn about the five keys to achieving Peace of Mind at the End of Life.

 

For More Information on The Peace of Mind Planner Click Here: https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

Suzanne B. O’Brien, RN Interviews Deanna Cochran, RN and Shares Deanna’s New Book!

Suzanne B. O’Brien, RN Interviews Deanna Cochran, RN and Shares Deanna’s New Book!

February 18, 2019

This week on "Ask a Death Doula" my guest is Deanna Cochran RN.

Deanna Cochran, is a hospice RN since 2000. She is Founder and CEO of Quality of Life Care since 2005 and has been a palliative care educator, end of life doula in private practice, and creator and trainer of her signature program: Accompanying the Dying: A Practical Guide and Awareness Training, the first Certificate program of its kind in 2010.

She is one of the earliest voices in the end of life doula movement and is presently honored to serve as Chair of the newly formed End of Life Doula Advisory Council within the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is a founding member and was 1st Vice President of the National End of Life Doula Alliance. She believes in unity in this grassroots death positive movement and contributes all she can to special projects with others. Her latest is The National Certificate for End-of-Life Doula Hospice Programs (NCEHP) where she is a partner with Suzanne O’Brien, RN. Together they are presenting hospice organizations with an end-of-life doula program development template complete with all full training to create their own unique hospice doula program. She is the author of the book: Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates.

 

Her new book “Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates” is out TODAY. You can download it for free today, February 19th until 6pm ET. To Download the FREE book HERE: http://amzn.com/0989659356

 

“The book is ideal for the go-to person who is always the one helping everyone in illness, through dying, through crises of life. These people are the salt of the earth, they are the ones who are coming forward as the newly emerging role of the end-of-life doula, wanting to empower others through a serious illness. The book is meant to educate and inspire us to accompany each other through dying well in this modern age. It will save you countless hours of research and enhance your confidence and guide you through every stage of empowering your friends, family, and community.”

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
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 this free Doula Training Click Here: http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

 

OR

 

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! Follow the link below to learn about the five keys to achieving Peace of Mind at the End of Life.

 

For More Information on The Peace of Mind Planner Click Here: https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

How to Find Peace of Mind at the End of Life

How to Find Peace of Mind at the End of Life

February 14, 2019

On this episode of Ask a Death Doula, I will share with you the 5 keys to achieving peace of mind at the end of life. Hear first- hand stories from patients themselves. Find out what people are most worried about regarding the end of life and how to relieve these concerns.

home-care-600x521.jpgThe Peace of Mind Planner course is a complete A-Z planning guide that includes everything from pre-planning your end of life wishes in all 5 categories, (Physical, Mental, Emotional, Spiritual and Financial) including the necessary paperwork to insure your wishes are upheld all the way through the end of life process up until celebrating your loved one after death. The Peace of Mind Planner course is a holistic approach to covering all 5 of these categories to ensure that you have complete peace of mind with how you want to be remembered, celebrated and honored at the end of your life. This course encompasses all the necessary components of what is needed for an end of life experience that is financially the best, emotionally the best and environmentally the best. These are concerns that people have been expressing to me for the last 10+ years and are still looking for the answers to. 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

OR

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members
by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

Home Wakes/Home Funerals 101 with Former NHFA President Lee Webster

Home Wakes/Home Funerals 101 with Former NHFA President Lee Webster

January 30, 2019

In this episode of "Ask a Death Doula", my guest, the former president of The National Home Funeral Alliance Lee Webster, breaks down Home Wakes/Home Funerals in a way that every individual and End of Life Practitioner can understand! 

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My guest Lee Webster is a career writer, editor and researcher, and frequent speaker and published author on funeral reform, including end-of-life support, home funerals, and natural burials. She is the Director of New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy, former President of the National Home Funeral Alliance, and has served on the NHPCO End-of-Life Doula Council. She currently serves as a founding member on the Board of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and with the Conservation Burial Alliance and the Green Burial Council. Along with consulting for end of life, home funeral and green burial causes, her writing has appeared in various mainstream magazines, newspapers, and in funeral trade outlets. She is also a frequent speaker to local and national academic, health, and conservation organizations throughout the country.

 

This interview includes:

  • What is a home wake?
  • What is a home funeral?
  • The benefits of the green burial movement.
  • Is embalming required by law?
  • How education is the key to positive change.
  • The importance of empowering families and communities with holistic, sustainable and family-based tools, skills and information in the care of the dying and the dead.
  • How home wakes have proven to help families to have a much better bereavement process after the death of their loved one.
  • The secret to transforming our culture is by educating and once again bring back relationships with aging, dying and death.
  • What an individual needs to know to have a home wake?
  • What is the role of the End of Life Doula/Death Doula in assisting a family to have a home wake?
  • What are the laws both state and federal regarding homes wakes?

 

Links mentioned in this episode: 

NH Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy

National Home Funeral Alliance

Funeral Consumers Alliance

National End-of-Life Doula Alliance

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

 

OR

 

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

The First Ever End of Life Doula “World Training Day” Announced April 20th 2019

The First Ever End of Life Doula “World Training Day” Announced April 20th 2019

January 23, 2019

In this episode of "Ask Death Doula" I will be interviewing Dawn Whelan of The International Doulagivers Foundation. We will be discussing the birth of "World Training Day" and how people can participate in hosting an event or just share the outreach attend one.

This interview includes:

1) "World Training Day" Overview and Vision and Mission

2) Welcome - Introduction of Key Members To The World Training Day Team

3) What it means to be a collaborator and How to Sign Up

4) How to plan a successful training event- Important next steps for participation

5) How working together on a global level with education, kindness and compassion can change the world!

Links mentioned in this episode:

On April 20th, 2019 the International Doulagivers Foundation will be presenting the Doulagivers Free Level 1 End of Life DoulaTraining in locations all around the world. "It is a great reminder that no matter where you live in the world, what culture, religion or socioeconomic status, we all are connected in this thing called end of life. We should and can be there for one another, sharing education and resources, and making the inevitable death experience as positive as possible," said O'Brien.

Anyone who is interested in the Death Positive Movement and helping to support and educate their community with this education is invited to host the Level 1 Training. The International Doulagivers Foundation in coordination with Doulagivers, will be supplying all educational materials and providing people with the entire Level 1 End of Life Doula Training presentation. Complete event training, setup and registration will be taken care of through the main website. Interested partners simply need to find a location and be passionate about making a positive change in end of life care for others

9/10 people say they want to be cared for at home if terminally ill, yet half die in the hospital or some other institution.” -NHPCO Gallup Poll 1996

“Death is the 2nd leading fear in the U.S., but it is an inevitable part of the life journey. With the right kindness, education and support, death can be the natural sacred experience it was meant to be." -Suzanne B. O'Brien RN

The Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula Training was created by experienced Hospice and Oncology nurse, Suzanne B. O'Brien RN and has been used by thousands of family caregivers and community volunteers around the world with wonderful success. The training teaches people the 3 Phases of End of Life, what they can expect and what they can do to support someone who is in each phase

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DOULAGIVERS FOUNDATION

The goal of the International Doulagivers Foundation is to support communities worldwide with Free Level 1 End of Life Doula Community Caregiving Training. The training has been used by people in over eight countries. This is why INDGF has a global outreach program to share this training worldwide with anyone who would like to take it. INDGF knows that education and engagement are the keys to peaceful passing. World Training Day is a community-driven initiative sparked by the International Doulagivers Foundation, a new nonprofit organization whose purpose is to host a public education program that takes the fear out of end of life.

ABOUT SUZANNE B. O'BRIEN RN

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the proud Founder and Creator of the award-winning program Doulagivers: End of Life Doula Training, Eldercare Doula Training, and Doulagiver Care Consultant Training. “Awarded Worldwide Leader In Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers, she is also an end of life educator, consultant and author of the #1 International Bestselling book Creating Positive Passings & End of Life Doula Level 1 Caregiver Training (2015) — a guide to learning the invaluable skills of how to care for someone at the end of life.

Suzanne is a founding member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) End of Life Doula Council. NHPCO is the leading hospice and palliative care membership organization in the U.S. has formed this Council to provide information and resources to its members, affiliated organizations, and the public regarding the role of end-of-life doulas. Suzanne is also the Vice President and founding member of the  NEDA National End of Life Doula Alliance which is a 501c6 Nonprofit Business League for EOLDs.

What People Have Said About The Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula Training:

" Doulagivers Level 1 training was a Godsend for me and my friends. I found Suzanne’s class while researching how to support a friend who was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, terminal brain cancer. The class provides all the helpful information we needed to support our friend during his end of life experience. I gained so much through this course, that I ended up going back and donating money for the class! Do yourself a favor and take this course, and if you can, donate! It’s more than worth it! Thank you Doulagivers and Suzanne for making a terrible loss a little less scary and much more profound." -Jana H. U.S.

“The FREE End of Life Doula Training Level 1 webinar was absolutely amazing. I love online studies and opportunities for personal growth and this course definitely has to be one of the very best I’ve had the chance to partake of to date. It is such important knowledge that I believe it should be included in every high school /university curriculum. Suzanne engages learners in a personable, compassionate and practical manner. She takes serious subjects and makes them empowering through providing knowledge and a skillset that anyone can employ for a more positive end of life experience either for themself or when caring for those they love. I am forever grateful for this course and cannot recommend it highly enough."- Susan D. Thailand

"In Suzanne O'Brien's End of Life Doula Training Class, you will learn interventions to manage a continued state of comfort and peace for patients and loved ones. I was honored to take her class and am looking forward to utilizing the skills I learned for the benefit of this precious population."- Jill B. U.S.

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

OR

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN Talks Life and Death with Reverend Bohdi Be

Suzanne B. O’Brien RN Talks Life and Death with Reverend Bohdi Be

January 17, 2019

Reverend Bodhi BeMy guest Reverend Bodhi Be has been caring for the dying and teaching others how to provide conscious and compassionate care for those at the end of life through his non-profit organization Doorway Into Light since 2006. Reverend Bodhi Be is an ordained interfaith minister and is the Executive Director of Doorway Into Light. 

 

He operates Hawaii’s only nonprofit funeral home, as well as The Death Store, an educational resource center and store on Maui.

 

Bodhi is a funeral director, death doula, end-of-life and bereavement counselor, hospice volunteer, a teacher and trainer of death doulas, a speaker and workshop leader in the fields of wholehearted and sacred living and dying, and a ceremonial guide. 

 

Bodhi hosts a weekly radio show, ‘Death Tracks’ which streams online. He is a Notary Public, Coffin Maker, Reiki Practitioner and, together with his wife, children, and grandchildren, are off-the-grid organic homesteaders on Maui.   

www.doorwayintolight.org

 

This interview includes:

  • How Reverend Bohdi Be first became interested in working with dying patients
  • A look back at death and dying 100 years ago and the changes that have taken place over time
  • The greatest challenges we face today in offering quality care to the dying
  • The current Healthcare system and the answer to the aging and end of life crisis.
  • The importance of empowering families and communities with holistic, sustainable and family-based tools, skills and information in the care of the dying and the dead.
  • The secret to transforming our culture is by transforming attitudes and relationships with aging, dying and death
  • How to reclaim the care of the dying and the dead as ‘village building’ work and sacred service.
  • How to Protect and preserve land by utilizing a green burial ground as an economic engine to maintain the land as public commons.
  • How to be part of the 2019 International Death Doula Training April 25th-29th Maui, HI

 

“To change our culture, to change our lives, requires the transformation of consciousness, and few things shift consciousness as quickly as an awareness of death.” -Reverend Bodhi Be

 
Links mentioned in this episode:

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

 

OR

 

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

How to Fill the Gaps in Healthcare with Community Education and Professional End of Life Doulas with Dr Karen Wyatt

How to Fill the Gaps in Healthcare with Community Education and Professional End of Life Doulas with Dr Karen Wyatt

January 14, 2019
I'm Interviewing Dr Karen Wyatt - Speaker, author and founder of End of Life University
 
In this compelling interview on Ask a Death Doula, I will discuss with Dr Wyatt the state of the present healthcare system and the gaps that we are facing. We will also discuss the answer of how End of Life Doulas can fill that gap and be a much needed support to any healthcare program. The future is bright! Suzanne B. O'Brien RN.
 

Dr. Karen Wyatt is a family physician who has spent her 25 year medical career working with patients in challenging settings, such as hospices, nursing homes and indigent clinics. She has founded a free medical clinic in a homeless shelter, accompanied three medical mission teams to Honduras, and led a non-profit clinic for the uninsured in its growth from a 4-hour per week all-volunteer operation to a full-time, full-service medical center. 

Motivated by her compassionate heart she has put her spiritual beliefs into action by being of service to others in need and by developing Creative Healing LLC an initiative to integrate spirituality into traditional medical practice.  She has twice testified at Senate briefings on the cutting edge model of integrated medical care, combining physical and behavioral health, which she helped create and implement in her clinic for the uninsured.
 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

OR

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

Forgiveness And How It Affects A Positive End Of Life Experience

Forgiveness And How It Affects A Positive End Of Life Experience

November 1, 2018

In the second installment of Ask a Death Doula, we will be discussing the topic of forgiveness and how Death Doulas can help patients and families give and receive it.

 

Forgiveness is the path to unconditional love. It is a vital component to both patients and families to have a positive end of life experience. We focus on forgiveness during the Stabilization Phase of the patient’s journey. The Stabilization Phase, also referred to as the “Work Phase,” is a time when pain is being managed and all acute issues have been identified and addressed in the Shock Phase, leading to the highest quality of daily life for both the patient and families. It is a time when the patient can interact with those around them and hopefully have lucid conversations. This will allow wonderful work to be done in terms of facilitating conversations and addressing unresolved issues, which will lead to the possibility of forgiveness.

 

As a Death Doula, we want to help patients and families capitalize on this window of opportunity so that they can accomplish finding forgiveness and bring resolution and closure to any lingering issues. By now we have established trust with our patient and created a bond with them, allowing us to conduct a life review and have personal conversations with them. A lot of this work can be done simply by discussing emotions and issues that have been buried within them for many years and patients can do much of this work themselves just by opening-up about their past regrets. We never push, only guide and encourage them to speak about their life during this time.

 

Life Review is an evaluation of one’s life at the end stage of life where depression, unresolved issues and guilt may be alleviated. It is a tool that Doulas may use to help the patient remember positive memories, find acceptance within themselves, address current negative thoughts so that they may be dispersed, as well as appreciate the worth of their lifetime achievements.

While conducting a life review, always ask open-ended questions to your patient. Examples of some open-ended questions we will utilize include:

 

1)      “What kind of work did you do for a living?

2)      “Where did you grow up?

3)      “How did your parents meet?

 

It is also important to remember to ask yourself “How can I help this person find closure and forgiveness?” Patients will confide in you and express guilt for things they have held onto from their past. We want to address issues such as disconnection to certain family members that they have not spoken to in a long time. Our patient is dying and if they wish to reach out to someone they have not seen or heard from in many years, it is important for us to attempt to make that possible for them. Bridging relationships and giving them time to speak and resolve issues can make a much more positive end of life experience. We encourage giving private time to the patient and those they wish to mend relations with so that they may feel free to share apologies, as well as give and accept forgiveness from one another.

 

There are Two Types of Forgiveness:

1)      Forgiveness of Self

2)      Forgiveness of Others

 

Forgiveness of others is generally much easier to achieve. People tend to hold themselves much more accountable for their own actions when they regret something they have done when they are at end of life, as opposed to others who have caused them pain. Sometimes, however, a patient will not want to offer their forgiveness to someone else. It is important to remind them that forgiveness is for them and not the other person. They are offering it to let go of their resentment so that they can bring peace and tranquility into their life in their final days. One technique we can use to help a patient find forgiveness for someone else is to look at the person who has hurt them as a child themselves. Ask questions such as, “Do you know what their life was like?” This can help turn feelings of anger into feelings of empathy and help us resolve these internal issues. Forgiveness of self is generally more difficult to accomplish, but you must remind the patient that they deserve forgiveness just like everyone else. This is not a time to punish themselves for the past.

 

Forgiveness can change everything and create a positive passing for our patient and their loved ones.

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

OR

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

What To Say To Someone Who Has Just Received A Terminal Diagnosis

What To Say To Someone Who Has Just Received A Terminal Diagnosis

October 25, 2018

In this first part of the Ask a Death Doula series, we will be discussing what to say to someone who has just received a terminal diagnosis. As you can imagine, this can be an extremely emotional and tense period for the patient, as well as their immediate family and friends. When citing the Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula and Family Caregiver Training, this time in a patient’s end of life journey is referred to as the Shock Phase. It is called the Shock Phase because there is often an overwhelming feeling of shock for both the patient and their loved ones. This “shock” can present itself in many ways such as depression, denial, anger and withdrawal.

It is very helpful to remember that this person and family have just lost all “control” over their life. Telling someone that they are terminally ill and that there is no reversing the process requires those around the family to have a strong and supportive presence. There are so many difficult emotions we may want to express but finding the adequate words can be a challenge. We may fear saying the wrong things and the last thing we want to do is make this situation harder for all involved. Sometimes it may take awhile to be able to say anything at all, and that’s okay. Just know that being a kind and supportive presence during this time can make all the difference to a patient and their family and it isn’t necessary to say much, but here are tips to help you navigate this part of the process.

What to do:

–          Be an incredibly good listener.

–          Ask the family “What can I do for you?” (Little things such as cooking food, cleaning, caring for a pet, sending cards or making tea when others are around can be very helpful).

–          Ask the patient “How are you feeling today?” (Starting by asking this question may give you an idea of what they want to talk about and how open they want to be with you).

–          Allow them to give direction. (This gives them back some sense of control in a time when they need it most).

–          Look for any immediate issues that need to be addressed. E.g. safety, pain, exhaustion of patients and caregivers. (Although your attention will mostly be on the patient, it is important to never forget about the caregivers. Sometimes the best thing you can do is offer support to the caregivers so that they have the strength and energy to care for the patient).

 

What not to do:

–          Say “I’m sorry” or be overly sympathetic to their situation. (Understand that not everyone will respond well to feeling as though others pity them. It is okay to express sorrow for their circumstances but avoid “feeling sorry for them”).

–          Give direction or opinionated advice on things that aren’t direct issues to patient or caregiver safety. (Never, ever offer suggestions or ideas for treatment or cures. Do not try to “fix” the situation. They will ask you for your advice if they would like it).

–          Take over. (This is about what they want, not what you want. Respect their wishes always).

Why is this important? It is vital to establish trust and security with a patient and their family at this time when their world has been turned upside-down. The best way to achieve this is through being a strong, solid support. Meet the patient and family “Where they are” in their process and work from there. Building trust sets the tone for your entire journey with them.

xoxoxo Suzanne

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

OR

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about

Elder Care Doula Training

Elder Care Doula Training

January 11, 2018

In this episode of "Ask a Death Doula" We will be talking about how to care for the Elderly. With a holistic model of caring, Doulagivers has developed an Elder Care Doula Training with a heavy emphasis on the importance of bringing back the awreness and importance of caring for this vulnerable population. Through education, kindness and compassion, we can help to support our elderly and the families that care for them. In this podcast, you will learn the alarming statistics of our elder population and what we need to do in order to support this increasing aging population.

 

FREE DOULA TRAINING
If you're a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training! 
http://freetraining.doulagivers.com/

 

OR

 

Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne's Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.
https://planner.doulagivers.com/about