Death: The Doula Way

  • August 10, 2022
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Virtual


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  • Gain knowledge about the origins of the EOL doula movement, and the current model of care
  • Learn the definition of an end-of-life doula
  • Become aware of the services EOL doulas offer
  • Understand the scope of their role
  • Identify the overlap and differences in services between hospice volunteers and EOL doulas
  • Discover how some hospices are integrating EOL doulas 
  • Identify the impact EOL doulas have on every department within hospice
  • Discuss opportunities for those wishing to pursue EOL doula work

Resources will be available for those interested in further exploration - both the individual and the agency

More about the Speaker: Patty Burgess, CEOLS, APCE, President of Possibility

Teaching Transitions - Doing Death Differently

While spending every day from diagnosis to death with a dear friend, Patty was introduced to the beauty and benefits of hospice. After becoming a hospice volunteer, volunteer trainer and community educator for hospices agencies in Atlanta and Philadelphia, she started an end-of-life training company.   

Her company Teaching Transitions - Doing Death Differently, trains hospice volunteers, staff, and caregivers across the county, ranging from small to large multi-site hospice organizations. Doing Death Differently, a sister site trains end-of-life doulas, or “death doulas” - a new, emerging non-medical profession supporting those facing the end of life (EOL) and their loved ones. 

Patty was one of seven (7) original founders of NEDA, the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance in 2018, a membership organization supporting end-of-life doulas.  What began as an idea, now supports over 1000 members.  She was also chosen as one of the founding members of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) End-of-Life Doula Council, which was also created in 2018. Its development was in response to hospice agencies' growing curiosity, concern, and interest in this developing field.  The mission of the EOL Doula Council is to offer education and resources about end-of-life doulas to the NHPCO membership and the general public.   

Patty co-founded Your Voice Directives, a training organization using an innovative, video advance care planning tool that focuses on patient safety and honoring wishes at the end of life.   

She is a well-known national trainer, speaker and educator in end-of-life matters.  Her company has trained over 10,000 volunteers, staff, and end-of-life doulas with her Medicare-compliant online hospice volunteer training program, and her Certified End-of-Life Specialist (CEOLS) training.

For more information, please visit...  - For Hospices - For EOL Doulas  - For Advance Care Planning  - NEDA - EOL Doula Membership Organization
NHPCO End-of-Life Doula Council Formation  - EOL Doula Education for Hospices and the General Public

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