Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
Oct 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.

End-of-Life Doula Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Oct 27 – Oct 29 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.

All Souls/Day of the Dead: A Gathering of Remembrance and Celebration @ Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
Oct 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Annual interfaith gathering to honor those who have passed on—through music, a meal and ceremony. Vegetarian stew and tea provided. Bring photos and mementos of loved ones and a dish to pass, if you like. All are welcome. Hosted by Jeanne Mackey & Diana Cramer. RSVP requested: jmackey60@gmail.com or 734 546-0243.

EOL Doula Share Circle – Handling Difficult Emotions: The Science and Practice of Mindful Self-Compassion @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RoxanneFlyer Guest speaker: Dr. Roxane Chan. Please join us for this informative and supportive discussion about improving resilience and sustaining the joy and peace of caregiving at difficult times. We will discuss emotional fatigue and specific self-compassion skills, as well as listening with compassion to ourselves and others. Research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with all aspects of emotional wellbeing and is the perfect answer to caregiver fatigue and burnout.


Roxane Chan holds a PhD from the University of Michigan in health promotion and health risk reduction. Caring for people at the end of life has been a focus throughout her nursing career and is the reason she has spent the past ten years researching and teaching mindfulness self-care practices to people with chronic disease and those that care for them. She is a board certified advanced holistic nurse and recently completed training in Mindful Self-Compassion through the University of California at San Diego.

Home Funeral/Green Burial Workshop @ Canterbury House
Nov 18 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Home funeral and green burial represent a return to natural, simple and personal methods of honoring and caring for our dead. A home funeral can bring healing and comfort to friends and family and is a normal extension of hospice care at home. This workshop is for End-of-Life Doulas, hospice workers, those in the funeral industry, and anyone who wishes to have the knowledge to plan ahead for self, family or friends. Participants will learn:

  • Current funeral practices in the U.S.
  • How to care for the body at home after death
  • Creating sacred space and funeral ceremony or ritual
  • Legal and cost considerations
  • How to locate and work with a funeral director
  • Special circumstances
  • Green Burial (What is it and where is it available?)
  • The importance of planning ahead
  • How to form a circle of support

Advance registration required.

For more info and to register, please visit www.lifespandoulas.com or contact Merilynne Rush at mrush@afterdeathhomecare.com or 734-395-9660.