Thank you for visiting! Find musings on birth, death, and life with the doula heart carefully crafted by Francesca Arnoldy, the course developer and program director of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Program. She is the author of Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care and leads in-person workshops about doula approaches and end-of-life wishes. She works collaboratively with her local hospice and palliative care teams. Her goal is to encourage people to hold one another’s hands through life’s intensities and sacred rites of passage. Francesca lives in quaint Vermont with her family in a most beloved village.
A doula is a non-medical caregiver who provides emotional support to people throughout their birthing or dying experience. The doula heart is brimming with compassion, ensuring each person served feels heard, empowered, and honored.
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“Cultivating the Doula Heart: The Essentials of Compassionate Care by Francesca Arnoldy is small book with a powerful message. As a guide to caring for the emotional and spiritual journey of patients at the end of life, this book should be in every doula’s tool kit and on the shelf of anyone who plans to be with a dying loved one in the future. The book teaches us how to “be” with a dying patient in body, mind and spirit and provides helpful tools and practices to empower anyone to be a compassionate companion for the end-of-life journey.” -Karen M. Wyatt, MD of EOL University, Hospice Physician, Spiritual Teacher, Speaker, Author of Award-Winning Book: What Really Matters