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Death Doula Training in 2019
$270 raised
30% of $900 goal
5 contributors
45 Weeks running

Greetings, and thank you for visiting my Fundrazr page and taking the time to read my story. My name is Lauren Morse, and I am seeking help in obtaining certification as a Death Doula to bring this fundamental service to the greater Dayton area. I have served Dayton in many ways over the last ten years as a caseworker for outpatient mental health programs, and through management of various non-profit organizations. I currently work as a Program Manager, and guide yoga classes in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I am a mother of twin boys, a wife, and I have the calling to help educate and assist the dying and their families on how they can prepare for the sacred experience of death.

I have experience in doing this work, and I have assisted clients in gaining piece of mind as they prepare for their final days. I have supported families after losing loved ones and removed some burden of the process to hold space for grieving. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Business Counseling, and I would like to continue my education and be immersed in the study of death doula work to provide the best care and service possible.

One of the biggest reasons I am asking for assistance in paying for this training is because I do not plan on a big return investment. I want to make this service accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. I would like to offer sliding scale options and I will most definitely be doing work at no cost to clients and for this reason, I am asking the community to support me in being able to do so.

Funds raised will go directly to training and certification from The Death Midwife Organization, a non-profit who is bringing the training to Ohio in March of 2019. Funds will also go toward obtaining my LLC and other legal protections as an individual provider.

What type of services will be provided once certification is achieved?

The work of a death doula is to provide holistic, non-medical, emotional, spiritual, and practical support for the dying and their families (from thedeathmidwife.org). 

End of Life Planning & Logistics Meetings: Includes but is not limited to custom plans for the end of life to achieve desired goals. This covers all documents that may be needed, connection to medical providers or hospice care and funeral providers of your choice. Vigil planning, legacy project support, and the planning of rituals and ceremony are also important topics to cover. 

End of Life Support Visits: Mediation & advocacy, comfort care, emotional and spiritual support, organic respit for caregivers, as well as art, music, and aromatherapy. 

Death Positive Education Workshops: Various topics surrounding death education, advocacy, literature, ceremony, and grief. 

If you have any questions at all about the work of a death doula, please do not hesitate to contact me personally. Thank you for contributing to this cause and bringing this imperative work to your community.

Kind Regards,

Lauren

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