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Welcome to the Messy Middle Road Trip podcast. Today, we’re talking to Dawn Whelan, an End of Life Doula from Connecticut. Many of you might have utilized the services of a Birth Doula for the arrival of your children. Nicole did for her daughters but we had never heard of a Death Doula. As we enter midlife, for those of us lucky enough to still have our parents and partners with us, there comes a time we must prepare to say goodbye. We all wish for a pain-free, “she passed in her sleep” scenario but what happens when that doesn’t play out? We’re thrilled to have Dawn join us today and we know you’ll love the show, so hop in the convertible and let’s hit the road.

In today’s show, we talk about…

  • What an End of Life Doula is and what role they play when working with families
  • The difference between an End of Life Doula and Hospice
  • A little about the history of this profession?
  • Dawn’s journey and how she ended up in this career
  • Why is there a need for this non-medical profession?
  • Steps to take if someone wanted to become a Death Midwife
  • How can an EOLD assist families and patients?
  • How does a family select a Doula?  And when is a good time to do that?
  • Where can people find out more about Dawn, her services and her training camps?

We hope you enjoy this episode of The Messy Middle Road Trip Podcast and feel comforted to know that you do not need to be alone as you navigate end of life care for a loved one.

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We’re looking forward to our next adventure with you. Thanks for riding shotgun. Until next time..

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