End of Life Care: A Retired Hospice Counselor Creates a Safe Space for an Uncomfortable Conversation

11/30/2021

Nearing the end of life’s journey can be one of the most difficult experiences a person or family can go through. While most of the attention focuses on medical care, there often isn’t enough discussion about the emotional stress and many challenges that affect the patient and caregivers. Join us for this special session led by retired hospice counselor and end of life doula, Susan Desmarais, a professional caregiver and three-time cancer survivor, as she leads us through this meaningful conversation.

Session Resources

Hospice Foundation of America

Five Wishes

International End of Life Doula Association

Family Caregiver Alliance

University of Vermont, End-of-Life Doula Professional Certification

Suggested Reading

  • Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care by Francesca Lynn Arnoldy
  • Birth, Breath, and Death: Meditations on Motherhood, Chaplaincy, and Life as a Doula by Amy Wright Glenn
  • Holding Space: On Loving, Dying, and Letting Go by Amy Wright Glenn
  • Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death by Joan Halifax
  • No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande

Speakers

Susan Desmarais
Susan Desmarais
Retired Hospice Counselor and End of Life Doula

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