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Pediatrics and End of Life

Pediatrics and End of Life

For this week’s blog, we are excited to spotlight two more of the experts scheduled to speak at IDLM’s upcoming Tree of Life Conference.  Toula Saratsis is an end of life doula who specializes in pediatric care. From her bio: Toula is a Certified End-of-Life Doula who specializes in perinatal…
Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet

Don’t let yourself start making the mistake of thinking of terminal patients only in terms of their illness. Instead, keep looking at the mother/father/grandparent/brother/sister/beloved friend who is still there with you, living and breathing, ready to talk about the things they care about, everything they have done in their life,…
IDLM Dementia Team

IDLM Dementia Team

As the upcoming Treeof Life Conference gets closer, we would like to spotlight the wonderful experts who will be in attendance. This week, to begin, we will focus on two women who will both be sharing their extensive knowledge regarding dementia care.
Alice Lafferty Spotlight

Alice Lafferty Spotlight

1. What first brought you to end of life work? When I was in 4th grade, I remember matter-of-factly telling my mother that if I died during the school year to be sure my funeral was during PE so everyone in my class could attend.  I am sure that was…
IDLM partners with Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice to train EOL Doulas

IDLM partners with Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice to train EOL Doulas

Hospice and doulas can benefit one another in so many ways. It is important to remember we are all in this together, to adopt a mindset of teamwork, with an awareness of our clients’ needs and the different strengths we all bring toward filling those needs, as doulas, hospice workers,…
Barbara Karnes

Barbara Karnes

A pioneer of the hospice movement, Ms Karnes has won multiple awards as an End of Life Educator and the author of a number of educational booklets on death and dying which are invaluable for anyone who has lost or is in the process of losing a loved one, and…
The Jaws Effect

The Jaws Effect

Within the doula and death positive community we spend a lot of time talking about how to open conversations about death, and how important it is to do that. In this week’s blog we’re going to discuss why it is so important to make the effort and have these conversations…
Pam Carter

Pam Carter

We begin our spotlight series with IDLM Executive Director. She has been instrumental in making this program what it is, and she will be leading a new Advance Care Planning Course beginning in August. Anyone with an interest in IDLM needs to get to know this lady. I am talking…
Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning

One of the things that surprises many people when a loved one dies is how much paperwork needs to be done about it. Not just the death certificate, but also making sure that arrangements have been made for finances and property, as well as wrapping up personal affairs—things like closing…
Tree of Life

Tree of Life

When it comes to caring for others and for ourselves, there are so many tools and so much knowledge that comes into play, but there is nothing more valuable than connection with other people. This is why IDLM will be holding its very first Tree of Life conference in San…
History of IDLM

History of IDLM

Later this year, IDLM will be hosting the Tree of Life Conference in San Antonio. We are beyond excited for this event, which will be the first-ever conference held specifically by and for end-of-life doulas. As preparation, over the next few months this blog will host a series of articles…
Doula Tool Kit

Doula Tool Kit

One of the most common ways to describe the role of a death doula to people who are not familiar with this type of work is to compare our role to that of being a guide. For our clients, the end of life journey is unfamiliar territory. That’s why they…