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Lifespan Doula Association was founded in 2016 by Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan. We offer professional End-of-Life Doula Training and Certification, continuing education programs, mentoring for doulas, and resources and referrals for individuals and families seeking end-of-life support. We are experts in the Doula Model of Care in addition to being adult education specialists with decades of teaching experience. Read about What makes us different? Our home base is Ann Arbor, Michigan, but we make referrals all over the U.S. and are available to bring a training to your community. We hope you find our website informative and inspirational. Let us hear from you.

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NEW! Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula

FREE Interactive Webinar

top 5 questions webinar

Do you have questions about becoming an end-of-life doula? Learn about the types of services provided by end-of-life doulas; the value of training and certification; how EOLDs complement hospice services; how to get started on your path; and more! Join us live on February 19 and get your questions answered! Pre-register here.

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Our Blog


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Lifespan Doulas February Newsletter

Early Bird Deadline extended for March 2-4 End-of-Life Doula Training. Guidelines for caring for someone with dementia include helpful caregiver attitudes, communication strategies and interventions for difficult behaviors. "It's critical to remember that the person is not the disease." Also ...
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Self-Care Video

Check out this hour-long video about self care. Merilynne gave this presentation at the National Home Funeral Alliance Conference in September 2017. Good reminders, new techniques and group input on a topic that is important for all care providers. Download ...
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Upcoming Events


Mar
2
Fri
End-of-Life Doula Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
End-of-Life Doula Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

This dynamic weekend encompasses how to provide comfort and support to the dying and their family. Topics include the dying process, understanding hospice and palliative care, the doula business professional, guidelines and scope of practice, advance care planning, grief and bereavement, communication skills, self-care and more.

An end-of-life doula accompanies the dying person and their loved ones in the final days and weeks of life, providing resources, education and companionship for the dying and the caregivers. End-of-life doulas represent a new frontier in the doula profession, traditionally centered on birth and postpartum support. They are an outgrowth of recent cultural trends favoring natural death care.

This training is designed for family members and friends of the dying, hospice and palliative care workers, midwives and doulas, clergy, therapists, life coaches, and anyone who wants to prepare for their own death. It is not recommended for the recently bereaved.

End-of-Life Doula Training Workshop

Fee $565; $515 if paid in full by Early Bird Date
$515.00
Mar
17
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Mar 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.

Apr
10
Tue
Respecting Choices®Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Apr 10 all-day
Respecting Choices®Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

In the First Steps training, participants learn how to assist healthy adults identify a healthcare advocate, examine their values, wishes and goals, and document and share their advance directives. In addition, we discuss community engagement strategies and common barriers to completing, storing and retrieving Advance Directives, as well as strategies for addressing these barriers. This program has been approved for 7.0 Nursing CEUs through the Ohio Nurses Association. Certification available.

Apr
21
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Apr 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.

May
19
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room | Ann Arbor | Michigan | United States

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.