Since graduating from a post-baccalaureate program in 2015, Erik worked various jobs until COVID-19 swept through their community of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The coronavirus had taken the world by surprise, leaving millions devastated and unprepared. Facing the harsh realities of a pandemic encouraged Erik to learn about caring for the sick and dying. Their relationship to their own mortality has been lifelong; enduring over two dozen surgeries and operations, Erik is not unfamiliar with the fragility of life. By enrolling in courses with the Doulagivers Institute and having lived through great adversity, Erik has gained the knowledge, confidence, and empathy to work with those approaching their end-of-life.
Erik Peterson is certified as a ‘Doulagiver Care Consultant’ and ‘Elder Care Doula’ through Doulagivers Institute and is soon to be a ‘Certified End-of-Life Doula.’ Erik has received their Post-Baccalaureate at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2015) and their Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts (2014). They are also studying herbalism with the Commonwealth Center for Holistic Herbalism.