Deanna and I have been friends for a long time. Wet met when I asked her if I could share some of her educational materials with my students. Wow! What a powerhouse she is! We instantly hit it off and began networking and sharing ideas about this work, supporting each other as innovators and teachers. As I was talking with Deanna I realized the benefits of coming together with other leaders in this field to learn from each other and further our work. That's the kind of person we both are: the more the merrier :) In early 2017 we began planning what we called the "End-of-life Doula Network." Later that year, as Deanna put together a meeting with the NHPCO leadership, our Network morphed into the National End-of-life Doula Alliance, and we invited everyone we could think of who was teaching at the time to join us.
That's the story of my beginnings with Deanna. But her history with EOL doula work goes back much further. She is going to share with us what she knows.
People, mostly women, have been caring for their dying loved ones forever. It is what people do. We live and die in community (most of us) and we care for each other. Throughout herstory the role has been given many names as certain people were identified as having special experience, knowledge or skills in this area and were called upon again and again.
We honor those who have come before us in all traditions and what they have passed down to us. We invite you to think about who has influenced, taught, or inspired you to be involved in this work. We recognize that only recently have we separated out this role from other caregiving work and given it a new name. We celebrate the many threads that grow out of all traditions and cultures. In this webinar we take the time to name those who come before us, known and unknown. Together we will move forward, weave it all together, and bring our services to those who need them. Won't you join us as we explore our past, stand strong in our present, and dream about our future?
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