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The First Ever End of Life Doula “World Training Day” Announced April 20th 2019

 Released: 07/11/2019

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In this episode of “Ask Death Doula” I will be interviewing Dawn Whelan of The International Doulagivers Foundation. We will be discussing the birth of “World Training Day” and how people can participate in hosting an event or just share the outreach attend one.

This interview includes:

1) “World Training Day” Overview and Vision and Mission

2) Welcome – Introduction of Key Members To The World Training Day Team

3) What it means to be a collaborator and How to Sign Up

4) How to plan a successful training event- Important next steps for participation

5) How working together on a global level with education, kindness and compassion can change the world!

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On April 20th, 2019 the International Doulagivers Foundation will be presenting the Doulagivers Free Level 1 End of Life DoulaTraining in locations all around the world. “It is a great reminder that no matter where you live in the world, what culture, religion or socioeconomic status, we all are connected in this thing called end of life. We should and can be there for one another, sharing education and resources, and making the inevitable death experience as positive as possible,” said O’Brien.

Anyone who is interested in the Death Positive Movement and helping to support and educate their community with this education is invited to host the Level 1 Training. The International Doulagivers Foundation in coordination with Doulagivers, will be supplying all educational materials and providing people with the entire Level 1 End of Life Doula Training presentation. Complete event training, setup and registration will be taken care of through the main website. Interested partners simply need to find a location and be passionate about making a positive change in end of life care for others

9/10 people say they want to be cared for at home if terminally ill, yet half die in the hospital or some other institution.” -NHPCO Gallup Poll 1996

“Death is the 2nd leading fear in the U.S., but it is an inevitable part of the life journey. With the right kindness, education and support, death can be the natural sacred experience it was meant to be.” -Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

The Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula Training was created by experienced Hospice and Oncology nurse, Suzanne B. O’Brien RN and has been used by thousands of family caregivers and community volunteers around the world with wonderful success. The training teaches people the 3 Phases of End of Life, what they can expect and what they can do to support someone who is in each phase


The goal of the International Doulagivers Foundation is to support communities worldwide with Free Level 1 End of Life Doula Community Caregiving Training. The training has been used by people in over eight countries. This is why INDGF has a global outreach program to share this training worldwide with anyone who would like to take it. INDGF knows that education and engagement are the keys to peaceful passing. World Training Day is a community-driven initiative sparked by the International Doulagivers Foundation, a new nonprofit organization whose purpose is to host a public education program that takes the fear out of end of life.


Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the proud Founder and Creator of the award-winning program Doulagivers: End of Life Doula Training, Eldercare Doula Training, and Doulagiver Care Consultant Training. “Awarded Worldwide Leader In Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers, she is also an end of life educator, consultant and author of the #1 International Bestselling book Creating Positive Passings & End of Life Doula Level 1 Caregiver Training (2015) — a guide to learning the invaluable skills of how to care for someone at the end of life.

Suzanne is a founding member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) End of Life Doula Council. NHPCO is the leading hospice and palliative care membership organization in the U.S. has formed this Council to provide information and resources to its members, affiliated organizations, and the public regarding the role of end-of-life doulas. Suzanne is also the Vice President and founding member of the  NEDA National End of Life Doula Alliance which is a 501c6 Nonprofit Business League for EOLDs.

What People Have Said About The Doulagivers Level 1 End of Life Doula Training:

” Doulagivers Level 1 training was a Godsend for me and my friends. I found Suzanne’s class while researching how to support a friend who was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, terminal brain cancer. The class provides all the helpful information we needed to support our friend during his end of life experience. I gained so much through this course, that I ended up going back and donating money for the class! Do yourself a favor and take this course, and if you can, donate! It’s more than worth it! Thank you Doulagivers and Suzanne for making a terrible loss a little less scary and much more profound.” -Jana H. U.S.

“The FREE End of Life Doula Training Level 1 webinar was absolutely amazing. I love online studies and opportunities for personal growth and this course definitely has to be one of the very best I’ve had the chance to partake of to date. It is such important knowledge that I believe it should be included in every high school /university curriculum. Suzanne engages learners in a personable, compassionate and practical manner. She takes serious subjects and makes them empowering through providing knowledge and a skillset that anyone can employ for a more positive end of life experience either for themself or when caring for those they love. I am forever grateful for this course and cannot recommend it highly enough.”– Susan D. Thailand

“In Suzanne O’Brien’s End of Life Doula Training Class, you will learn interventions to manage a continued state of comfort and peace for patients and loved ones. I was honored to take her class and am looking forward to utilizing the skills I learned for the benefit of this precious population.”– Jill B. U.S.

If you’re a family caregiver, community volunteer, or are interested in becoming a certified end of Life Doula Practitioner, CLICK HERE to join Suzanne for her FREE Introductory End-of-Life Doula Training!


Learn how to give the gift of Peace of Mind at the End of Life to yourself and your family members by signing up for Suzanne’s Peace of Mind Planner course! CLICK HERE to learn about the five keys to achieving
Peace of Mind at the End of Life.

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