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How to Give The Best Care To Others

January 18, 2022 10:44 am Published by Leave your thoughts

My name is Christa Ovenell, and since 2018 I’ve been a funeral director by trade, an end-of-life doula and a licensed Willow EOL Educator™. And like many of you, I’m a caregiver. On November 23, 2021, one day after I had given my notice at a safe, secure, and mostly happy job so that I could finally pursue my goal of becoming a leader in the death-education field, I got a call I had been dreading for a few years. My mother had fallen. She was being transported to the hospital by ambulance.

I want to tell you how having already explored the reality of my own mortality was a huge help in me caring for my mom over the last 6 weeks.


Take a Moment To Listen (Plus an Invite + Holiday Hours)

December 13, 2021 11:58 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’ve ever contemplated your own mortality, or accompanied others in doing so … If you’ve ever yearned to squeeze the most out of your life or perhaps the most out of the remainder of this year … In these strange days of seasonal activities amid devastation and fear, when there is joy and generosity alongside sorrow, hardship and isolation, we invite you to create some quiet to listen.


Why Join the Willow EOL Educator™ Program?

November 3, 2021 10:48 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We are delighted to announce that the Willow EOL Educator™ Program is now available! When we formed Willow in 2015, we knew we wanted to do more than be of service as 1:1 end-of-life-planning coaches or small-group facilitators. We knew that our calling was to empower other passionate educators to use the innovative EOL education tools and products we created. The Willow EOL Educator™ Program is the five-years-in-the-making solution to our quest to do more.


Willow Workshops for you in August and September

Willow Workshops for you in August and September

August 10, 2021 10:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We’ve been getting many requests lately from readers like you about how to attend a Willow Workshop™. As you may already know, we created the Willow EOL Educator Program™ precisely so that people around the world can attend a variety of heart-centered, inquiry-based workshops that explore the reality or our mortality.


What is an End-of-Life Doula or a Death Doula?

April 27, 2021 8:15 am Published by 2 Comments

When people ask Valoria Walker what an end-of-life doula is, she finds it easiest to explain it this way: “A doula is a woman supporting other women labouring and giving birth. An end-of-life doula is at the opposite end. I support aging adults who are near or at the end of life.”