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Death, Mourning and the Value of Freedom
Freedom and personal liberty are values I treasure, and never take for granted. My passion and commitment for these gifts infuse all I do, including my choice to work as a birth, death, and mourning doula, as well as my choice to train others to do so.
One cannot be free to make important decisions if one isn’t fully informed. One cannot be fully informed if they are too unwell, overwhelmed, or wrapped in grief to ask the necessary questions. In today’s world, even on our best day it can be hard to know which questions to ask. I support people as they discern which questions and considerations they need to address, so they can be free to make truly conscious decisions.
Some folks mistakenly think doulas provide - or give an opinion on - clinical care. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather, I provide informational, physical, and emotional support, creating and holding the space for the dying and their loved ones to feel supported as they make the best choices possible. I’ve no opinion to contribute, my job is to support them on their journey.
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Latest Blog Posts
My work as a birth and death doula has provided a fascinating perspective on not only these hallowed bookends of life, but how the very existence of these marking points shape the reality of life which grows between them. Have you ever thought about this? About how birth and death are the delineation points, the Read more about A Death Doula’s Adventures in Life and Death[…]
We are proud of our graduates, and we love hearing about what they’re up to! Today I’m excited to share what our graduate Emily Pinzur, of Silver Wheel Healing End Of Life Doula Care, has been up to. Emily was recently featured in a wonderful interview on The Jewish Sacred Aging Podcast. Emily – as Read more about Jewish Sacred Aging Interviews Our Graduate, Death & Mourning Doula Emily Pinzur[…]
I’m excited that 2017 will see the introduction of my new Herbal Education for Death and Mourning Doulas Program, which will wonderfully supplement our existing death and mourning doula trainings. In support of that initiative, I will be blogging about one herb each month, focusing on both scientific and/or folkloric beliefs about the use of Read more about Death Doula’s Toolbox: Herbal Education – Hawthorn is for Heartbreak (and more!)[…]
Broadly.Vice featured an interview with Momdoulary Death Doula Training at MourningDoula.com/ Momdoulary, LLC, today. If you’ve ever wondered whether you should train as a death doula, or what it is like to work as a death doula, you should definitely check it out! Meet the Death Doula Who Helps People Deal with the ‘Bookends of Read more about Death Doulas In the News – Laura Interviewed by Broadly.Vice[…]
Can Death Doulas Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals? Death Doulas Psychology Today Interview With Momomdoulary & Mourning Doula Founder
I recently had the privilege of enjoying a wonderful conversation with relational aggression/anti-bullying expert Laura Martocci, who writes for Psychology Today. Our conversation veered toward the topic of preventing bullying around end-of-life decisions and care, and funerals. She’s managed to pull that together into a wonderful article on Psychology Today – I do hope you Read more about Can Death Doulas Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals? Death Doulas Psychology Today Interview With Momomdoulary & Mourning Doula Founder[…]
Welcome to the second of a two part guest post from one of our super-star graduates, the remarkable Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman. Sylvia is a holistic therapist, Reiki Master, hospice volunteer and certified death doula. She is the owner and founder of Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio based on the east coast of the US in Maine and on Hornby Island, British Read more about Guest Post: I Am (an eco-conscious) Death Doula Part 2[…]
Welcome to the first of a two part guest post from one of our super-star graduates, the remarkable Sylvia Sienikehä Pearlman. Sylvia is a holistic therapist, Reiki Master, hospice volunteer and certified death doula. She is the owner and founder of Soulmilk Healing Arts Studio based on the east coast of the US in Maine and Read more about Guest Post: I Am (an eco-conscious) Death Doula – Part 1[…]
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that I am inundated when folks find themselves faced with making sense of traumatic events such as the largest mass shooting in US history this past weekend in Orlando. I’m no stranger to personal and community-wide loss, having grown up in NYC. I experienced a particularly close Read more about Death Doula Diary: Orlando – Love & Life In A Time of Terror[…]
“I’ve heard so much about what you do, you’ve worked with several families I know and love. Remarkable, really, what a gift you are to them. But I have to ask you – if you don’t mind – how do you handle it? I mean, me, I’m just a wreck when someone dies. Selfish, too, Read more about Death Doula Diary: How Do You Handle The Emotional Impact?[…]
I managed to find some time to catch up with my friend, the clever and engaging Caleb Wilde. If you’re reading this post, you have probably already bumped into Caleb before, either here or at his website www.CalebWilde.com, where he blogs under the title Confessions Of a Funeral Director. He has also established popular Facebook Read more about Interview with Confessions of a Funeral Director’s Caleb Wilde[…]