“Hello! My name is Beverley and I am proud to be a certified Doulagiver with a practice in western Canada called Courageous Goodbyes TM.
For as long as I can remember, I dreamed of supporting individuals and their loved ones facing life limiting conditions, the senior years and the end of life transition. I knew I was being called but lacked the knowledge, the confidence and the courage to start transforming my dreams into reality. That all changed the moment a complete stranger told me it sounded like I should be an End of Life Doula! Those four words gave me a title, put my thoughts into action and brought life to my dreams as I unveiled my true purpose.
At the time, I had no other place but the internet to turn to. I was thrilled to see a few results pop up when I typed in those four words. Most of it seemed a bit out there and not in alignment with my vision until I came across Suzanne O’Brien’s Doulagivers website. As I watched Suzanne’s videos and interviews on YouTube, it affirmed her authenticity to me, her certification program was reputable and award winning. I was excited and ready to take the next step. However, I allowed every day life to consume me, take priority and put the pursuit of my dream on the back burner.
Then a few years later, as the result of workplace burnout, I was forced to step back and seriously evaluate my life. Through self reflection, I made important changes that allowed me to resurrect a new me that is and does what makes me happy. It was a difficult road to travel but now that I am at the junction of a new road, I am grateful for the illuminating lessons learnt. This period of transformation provided me with the courage to proceed in pursuing my dream and aspirations.
This lead me back to the internet to see if I could find out more about end of life doulas. I was thrilled to see Doulagivers pop up and amazed at how many more sites filled my screen. Actually, it was overwhelming! I did my due diligence. Was put off by some, drawn to others however after chatting on the phone with Suzanne, I confidently made my final decision to pursue to become a certified Doulagiver because of her core values, desire to be of service, to make a positive difference in this world and her authenticity.
I was no longer alone once I made that decision. I have Doulagivers to turn to for support and guidance. Suzanne provides professional and business advice, ongoing learning opportunities to stay current, develops new certification programs, sets high professional standards for Doulagivers to adhere that provides us with a reputable status in the communities we serve. It connects us to other Doulagivers from all over the world to network with, learn from, seek advice from and comfort when the need arises.
I am blessed to be a Doulagiver and honoured to be a part of this life giving community. Dreams can and do come true and I wish the same for you.”