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Death Doulas Provide Support And Compassion At End Of Life

Death doulas provide coordination and compassionate care to patients at the end of their lives. We're talking to the developer of UVM's professional trainining program for death doulas.
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Death doulas provide coordination and compassionate care to patients at the end of their lives. We're talking to the developer of UVM's professional trainining program for death doulas.

You may be familiar with the doulas who assist women before, during and after childbirth. There's also a growing movement of death doulas: who provide compassionate care to people at the end of their lives. We're talking about what that support entails and what's fundamental about being a doula.

We're joined by Francesca Arnoldy. She developed UVM's professional certificate program for death doulas. She's also written a soon-to-be-released book about the essentials of death doulas' care. We'll also hear from Tara Graham, who is executive director of hospice and palliative care for the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.

Broadcast live on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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