Death is a difficult subject for many of us and it's oftentimes feels sanitized or glossed over by hospice and palliative care to maintain a more positive outlook. One of the roles of an End of Life Doula and Home Funeral Guide is to have those difficult discussions, answer questions, and help sort out the information in a practical and compassionate way with the goal of allowing everyone involved to process a natural part of life.
I was drawn to this field after burying the majority of my family, including both of my parents before I turned 40. I was my father's death doula long before I knew what one was and helped him plan his wake, funeral service, and read him his eulogy while caring for him in hospice. It was a cathartic experience for all of us. Although I have mourned every person and animal companion that has ever occupied my life, I am grateful for what I have learned from their deaths as much as what I experienced during their lives. I have learned valuable lessons -- some gentle and loving, some traumatic -- that I want to share with others to help make their own experiences less confusing.
I teach classes on mourning and grieving in Detroit, Chicago, and near Columbus, OH. Subjects including Mourning with Energy Work and Crystals; Mourning with Herbs, Teas, and Oils; Planning a Pagan Funeral, and Death Magic: Discussion and Practicum. Feel free to contact me if you're interested in discovering what classes I have coming up or if you think you might like me to teach a class for your organization.
- Tara L. Callaghan, EOLD