74 episodes

"Ask a Death Doula" Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Hospice and Oncology nurse Suzanne B. O'Brien. Ask a Death Doula will chronicle the Death Doula movement. We will interview leaders in this progressive movement from around the world, keep listeners up-to-date with the latest national initiatives being put in place and share first hand Doulagiver experiences from patients, families and practicing Death doulas. This is a historic time for the Death Doula movement. Ask a Death Doula will spotlight the many incredible people taking part in this movement from around the world.

Ask A Death Doula Suzanne B. O'Brien RN

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 52 Ratings

"Ask a Death Doula" Podcast is a weekly show hosted by Hospice and Oncology nurse Suzanne B. O'Brien. Ask a Death Doula will chronicle the Death Doula movement. We will interview leaders in this progressive movement from around the world, keep listeners up-to-date with the latest national initiatives being put in place and share first hand Doulagiver experiences from patients, families and practicing Death doulas. This is a historic time for the Death Doula movement. Ask a Death Doula will spotlight the many incredible people taking part in this movement from around the world.

    Sound Healing for Health

    Sound Healing for Health

    SomaEnergetics is a series of Sound Therapy Techniques developed by David Hulse at the turn of the century using the power of the ancient frequencies of the solfeggio. We use the highest quality Solfeggio Tuning forks, which are custom-made for SomaEnergetics by a manufacturer who has over 4 decades of experience developing quality, custom tuning forks. We offer training in live workshops and via Self-Study Online Courses. Our Color Solfeggio Energy Tuners and Body Tuners are available exclusively from SomaEnergetics.
    This wonderful quote from Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Puleo’s, book – Healing Codes for the Biological Apocalypse sums up the importance of this work: "Nature and Grace"—the physical and the spiritual—reflect each other and reveal "the great fact" that there is a secret tone scale—or set of sounds—that vibrates at the exact frequencies required to transform spirit to matter, or matter to spirit"
    FREE UNIVERSAL LIFE MASTERY MASTERCLASS- Three Steps to Conscious Awakening
    Register Here: https://my.demio.com/ref/HIjLO8sw1heZ...
    We are on the brink of a personal and collective shift. The world is full of chaos, and we are untethered to our spiritual being part of who we are and why we are here.
    In this free webinar, you will learn:
    1) How this is the time in our humanity for the big shift to take place. We are being called to go from a world running on fear, power, and wealth to one of love and compassion.
    2) How when we raise our individual consciousness, we raise the collective consciousness.
    3) How new research in both Neuroscience and Quantum Physics is validating that we can take control of our mind, body, and life to awaken to our highest consciousness.
    SAVE YOUR SPOT Here: https://my.demio.com/ref/HIjLO8sw1heZ...
    To Learn More About SomaEnergetics CLICK HERE: https://somaenergetics.com/collection...

    • 29 min
    The VSED Journey- Can it bring people deep, deep peace

    The VSED Journey- Can it bring people deep, deep peace

    • 38 min
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    Can I Introduce you to Death Doula Network of BC?

    Can I Introduce you to Death Doula Network of BC?

    I’m thrilled to introduce you to these two heart centered dynamic women.
    Karen Hendrickson and Jo-Anne Haun are the founders of Death Doula Network of BC.
    They are passionate about making and creating connections throughout the Death industry, communities, and the world.
    I LOVE to support people who are doing amazing work and making the world a better place. Here are two of these women.
     
    In this episode of Ask a Death Doula, You will hear:
    -How Death Doula Network of BC was born
    -The Blessings of COVID bringing global awareness to end of life
    -How Doulas are an asset to patients, families and the medical team
     
    We are a global family and Doulas are being used all over the world now to help provide the much needed end of life support to help create a positive end of life.
    “With the right education, kindness and support, end of life can be the natural and sacred experience it was meant to be”~ Suzanne
     
    Learn More about Death Doula  Network of BC Here: https://ddnbc.com

     

    Take the next FREE Level 1 End of Life Doula Training Here: https://www.doulagivers.com

    • 43 min
    Forgiveness at the End of Life and Why You Should Not Wait

    Forgiveness at the End of Life and Why You Should Not Wait

    FORGIVENESS IS THE SECRET KEY TO UNLOCKING AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE!
    Join the Free Forgiveness Workshop Here: https://my.demio.com/ref/SF9qKjumP2eHsSx0
     
    Forgiveness is a continued, deliberate decision to release feelings of
    resentment, anger, or shame toward a person, group - or even yourself.Whether it’s a simple spat with your spouse or long-held resentment toward a family
    member or friend, unresolved conflict can go deeper than you may realize—it may be affecting your physical health and holding you back from the life you truly want. 
    Forgiveness will set you free and allow you to create the future exactly the way you want it to be.
    In this webinar, you will learn:
    1. What forgiveness is & why we must learn to forgive. 
    2. The two main types of forgiveness.
     
    3. What end of life patients say about forgiveness and its transformative power.
    Working with those at the end of life has taught me EVERYTHING about life and about how to live fully. Sharing this information with you is my life’s purpose, and the greatest lesson that I could ever share with you is the transformative power of forgiveness.
    If you register for this webinar, it means that you are at a place in your life where you are ready for change. It means you are ready to release things that have held you stuck in an emotional prison and that you are ready to reclaim the pure loving energy that you are so that you can find your purpose and live the extraordinary life you deserve!
    Forgiveness is so important because we only get one chance to live this life and avoid the pain of regret.  
    If you want to go further and learn how you can utilize forgiveness in your life, Join me for my Free Forgiveness Workshop on November 10th at 7pm ET!!
     
    RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE:https://my.demio.com/ref/SF9qKjumP2eHsSx0

    Xoxoxo,Suzanne B. O'Brien RN 

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    Building a Bridge Between Families and Hospice Care

    Building a Bridge Between Families and Hospice Care

    Join the FREE Hospice of Green Country event with Suzanne B. O'Brien RN on October 26th at 6pm EST Below!
     
    Register Here: https://forms.hospiceofgreencountry.org/october-26th-suzanne-obrien-rn/
     
    If your loved one got a terminal diagnosis today, would you know how to care for them?
     
    Unfortunately most people would answer no.
     
    Most end of life experiences are NOT going well today, and it is the lack of understanding about the natural process of end of life and the lack of skills on how to care for someone who is dying that is the main missing piece.
     
    Doulagivers International has created a global platform to change that and it is offered for FREE!!!!
     
    We have been dying for thousands of years, it is only in the last 100 that we have become so far removed from the awareness of death being a natural, sacred part of life's journey.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about how Doulagivers is “filling the gap” between families and hospice care to provide the answer to a fragmented medical system and allow patients and families the best opportunity to have a positive passing. And for those of you who are caught in the same place and don’t know the skills on how to care for someone at the end of life — don’t fret, because we have a free live online training for you right around the corner!  (Take the End of Life Doula Training)
     
     
    About Suzanne B. O’Brien RN
    Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is an award winning hospice and oncology nurse and proud founding member of NHPCO’s ( National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization) End of Life Doula Council. A Council advancing Doulagivers/Death Doulas and Hospice Care to provide the best possible support to both patients and families.
    The Perfect Storm:
    9 out of 10 people want to be cared for at home when terminally ill.
    Death is the number 1 fear in the world.
    People come on hospice services very late in their process.
    It is a culmination of these factors that are heavily contributing to end of life not going well for most. It is time to change that.
    As a former hospice and oncology nurse, who has had the honor and privilege to have worked with over 1,000 people at the end of life, I can tell you that the answer to end of life not going well is to bring back the truth about death (how it is a natural and sacred experience) and to teach family caregivers the skill of how to care for someone who is dying  BEFORE they ever need it.
    80%-90% of a positive end of life is planning ahead:
    Learning the skills on how to care for someone who is dying changes everything.
    If you answered “I don't know how,” then read on - because I’m here to share with you the inspiring story of how Doulagivers is working with hospices to “Fill the Gap” in mainstream medical care so that every person has an opportunity to have a “Good Death.”
     
    I know what it’s like to feel scared and unprepared to care for your loved one at the end of life. I work with families on this everyday. It does not need to be this way. There is free training and support that is available to you right now. Do not wait until it is too late.

    • 29 min
    How to Thrive Through a Terminal Diagnosis with Jody Stokhamer

    How to Thrive Through a Terminal Diagnosis with Jody Stokhamer

    Have you ever thought about what it would be like to get a terminal diagnosis?
    What would you do?
    How would you cope?
    What would you say to people?
    What would your everyday life look like?
    If you answered “I don't know”, then read on, because I’m here to share with you an incredible woman that will change your mind– and here’s why:
    Number one: Jody has been given a terminal stage 4 ovarian cancer diagnosis and may be doing more with her busy days than I am.
    Number two: Her sharing the power of presence and how every single day is a gift of gratitude and awareness that has brought new meaning to her life.
    Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel scared and uncertain. Death is the number one fear in our world. That fear is paralyzing and is preventing us from accessing one of the greatest teachers about how to live.
    In this episode, you’ll hear from Jody Stokhamer, an amazing woman who shares how she feels more healthy and alive today with a stage 4 hospice diagnosis than ever before in her life.
    And for those of you who are caught in the same place of fear of death — don’t fret, because you’ll take away strategies ( take the End of Life Doula Training ) and a new perspective on life to ensure that you work through your fear and feel empowered and inspired about life!
     
    So if you’re ready to let go of your fear and be inspired, then pop in your earbuds and tune in!
     
    This is important because I think that as be and hospice, I love hospice. I love the people that work for hospice. It is such a beautiful model of care. And it's very misunderstood in the public is what, what I know. But they also, people don't fully understand the amount of time that everything comes to your house. But the nurse will come for a time period. The social worker. What about all of that other time that you're home? And I love that you just shared about understanding your husband's needs and what it would be like for him and having that other person that knows the end of life to be there to hold the space. And that really is, again, the definition of a Doulagiver. Now you have it with a home health aid. Beautiful. As long as we understand what's needed in that dynamic for everyone.
    * (18:58): Hospice and Doulagiver Support is not just for the dying person- It is for their loved ones as well.Not just for you, but for your husband as well. So I love that you did that. And I think it's so important for us to understand how difficult it is for caregivers. You know, for me as the hospice nurse, I would come in and assess the patient and the model is that I'm supposed to teach the loved ones how to do the care. Sometimes I was there for only an hour. Periodically the fear of death. We're asking people to take care of their loved ones that are dying without them really knowing the first thing on how to do that. That is almost cruel. That has to change. And that Jody is again, why the level one doula givers is out there being taught every month for free to teach families how to do this, to teach people about end of life. So they don't have to be fearful to give them inspiration about what that lens could look like if we look through it at life.
    * (21:43): Bringing Back the Awareness of Death: So let me ask you this, Jody. What, what do you think the world would be like if we could bring back that awareness early on in the journey? Talk to our children honestly and openly, age appropriately about the life cycle that we have with nature and with animals and, and everything that happens. And looking at life from the very early stages, not at the very end, with that kind of lens on what would our life be like? What would this world be like?
    * (24:02):That awareness of end of life death is our greatest teacher. About how we are similar and how time is our greatest commodity and how kindness is something and presence is what we can give to each other every single day. And that can change the world.
     *(25:07): A Fundraiser for Jody
     
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

YabberWI ,

Educational, wholistic and grounded

From the first episode I listened to, through to my twentieth I’m appreciative of the depths this podcast takes us. As a non-medical professional I didn’t know if exploring the opportunity to be a Death / End of Life Doula is something I’d be welcomed to do…glad to hear and learn that the doors are open to one and all. I find myself smiling and nodding often at the content brought forth to share. So appreciate the balanced approach for self-care and caring for the dying. I look forward to participating in the trainings offered as well. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and deep passion for this part of our lives journey…and introducing us to a vast array of others who address/support grief, the dying and those around them.

mequeen5 ,

Love

I love listening to this death doulas podcast! It’s helping me personally to write my death plan so when it’s my time my adult kids will know what I would prefer in many situations. They will also have a “map” to guide them. I Wish I knew when my mom died of Alzheimer’s disease!
I love learning about the end of life care since we will all either be a caregiver or need a caregiver one day.

Mary Rogers 50 ,

Kudos!

We need more information like this! Thank you Suzanne for bring more awareness to death and dying - and LIVING!

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