Welcome!

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. 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.

Feature of the Month


Fall SpecialHome Funeral & Green Burial Workshop

Join us on Saturday, November 18 for an informative and practical workshop on caring for our loved ones after death. The home funeral and green burial movements are a natural extension of a more holistic approach at the end of life. You do not need to be an end-of-life doula or professional in this field in order to participate and benefit. The instructor, Merilynne Rush, is a nationally-recognized expert in this field.

Our Blog


end-of-life doulas

October Newsletter

See our October newsletter. End-of-life doulas bridging the gaps; becoming an EOLD; Glen Campbell and "I'm not gonna miss you"; Fall Special on continuing education--7.0 Nursing CEUs approved for the Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator Training; Home Funeral & ...
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doula mentoring webinars

August Newsletter

See our August newsletter. The minimalist doula (feature article); webinar archives are now available online; newly formed End-of-Life Doula Network; working towards a definition of EOL doulas; NEW Doula Share Circle--save the date! Read more ...
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Upcoming Events


Dec
16
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Dec 16 @ 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.

Jan
20
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Jan 20 @ 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.

Feb
17
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Feb 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.

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
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.