Calendar

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Feb
3
Fri
End-of-Life Doula Training @ Center for the Childbearing year
Feb 3 @ 8:30 am – Feb 5 @ 5:00 pm

Due to high demand we are offering this, our second End-of-Life Doula Training, so soon after our first successful training in November. We won’t be offering it again until October. Please read all the info here. We’ve also started a Facebook conversation group for support to those doing this awesome work.
Learn how to provide extra support to families caring for their dying loved one. Based on the doula model of care developed for birth and postpartum and taught by experienced natural healthcare providers and educators Merilynne Rush and Patty Brennan, this is a one-of-a-kind, dynamic and fast-paced training limited to 20 people. Our well-developed teaching style comes from our combined years of experience with caring for families in transition and teaching others how to respond to the needs of others. We hope you’ll join us!

Feb
7
Tue
Six Feet Over, Six Feet Under – A panel discussion on the rights of the dying and the bereaved @ Pendelton Room, Michigan Union
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Event organized by the Michigan Political Union, a student group interested in civil rights. Speakers include:

Merilynne Rush, on green burial and home funeral

Mike Mitchell, funeral director, on funeral laws in Michigan

Rebecca Wrock, attorney, on advance directives

Roxane Chan and Rebecca Lehto, physicians, on palliative care

Light refreshments provided

Apr
15
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
Apr 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November, 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.

Apr
18
Tue
Making Your Wishes Known @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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Merilynne Rush, RN, BSN, end-of-life doula trainer, and Dr. Sheryl L. Kurze, MD, board certified hospice and palliative care physician, lead a discussion of advance directives, advance care planning and the best ways to ensure that your wishes for end-of-life care are known and respected. Bring your healthcare advocate. Handouts and light refreshments provided. Donations to cover costs are welcome.

May
16
Tue
Advance Care Planning: Respecting Choices 1st Steps Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year
May 16 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Learn how to assist healthy adults to identify a healthcare advocate, discuss their values and wishes, and fully complete the advance healthcare planning process. Respecting Choices® is an internationally recognized, evidence-based model of Advance Care Planning (ACP). For nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, administrators, family members, end-of-life doulas and all healthcare professionals across the continuum of care. 82% of people say it’s important to put your wishes in writing, but only 23% have done so. The Respecting Choices model also helps people to discuss their wishes with the family member or friend they have chosen to speak for them if they become incapacitated. To register, visit https://www.lifespandoulas.com/advance-care-planning/

May
20
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
May 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November, 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.

Jun
2
Fri
End-of-Life Doula Training @ Center for the Childbearing Year
Jun 2 @ 8:30 am – Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm

This dynamic weekend encompasses how to provide comfort and support to the dying and their family, and to be at the bedside. Topics include the dying process, understanding hospice and palliative care, the doula business professional, guidelines and scope of practice, advance care planning, grief and bereavement, communication skills, self-care and more.

An end-of-life doula accompanies the dying person and their loved ones in the final days and weeks of life, providing resources, education and companionship for the dying and the caregivers. End-of-life doulas represent a new frontier in the doula profession, traditionally centered on birth and postpartum support. They are an outgrowth of recent cultural trends favoring natural death care.

This training is designed for family members and friends of the dying, hospice and palliative care workers, midwives and doulas, clergy, therapists, life coaches, and anyone who wants to prepare for their own death. It is not recommended for the recently bereaved. For more info and to register, visit https://www.lifespandoulas.com/end-of-life-doula-training/

 

Jun
9
Fri
Ann Arbor Green Fair @ Main Street Ann Arbor
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop by the table for the Ann Arbor Green Burial Network and say hi! Pick up some literature, or sit awhile and help me greet folks and answer questions. It’s a really fun event with live music and fun for all. Rain or shine, we’ll be there!

Jun
17
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
Jun 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November, 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.

Jul
15
Sat
Ann Arbor Death Cafe @ Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
Jul 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for lively discussion about life and death led by the participants and facilitated by Merilynne Rush and Diana Cramer. The Ann Arbor Death Cafe has been meeting every month since November, 2012, making us the longest standing continuously running Death Cafe in the world! For more information, please visit www.DeathCafe.com.