Midwest End-of-Life Doula Collective

The Midwest End-of-Life Doula Collective is comprised of professionally trained end-of-life doulas, and doulas in training from St. Louis and its surrounding area who serve the dying and their families. We educate the public, health care providers, and individuals regarding end-of-life care and the role of the end-of-life doula. We expand our knowledge, collaborate, and provide a community of support for one another. The Midwest End-of-Life Doula Collective welcomes all who care about end-of-life and seek to empower those who are dying and their loved ones.


The mission of the Midwest End-of-Life Doula Collective is to transform the end-of-life experience through awareness, collaboration, and advocacy.

End-of-Life Doulas are:   

  • Non-medical
  • Family-centered
  • Advocates for the dying
  • Emotionally supportive
  • Pragmatic and well-resourced
  • Holistic
  • Non-judgmental
  • There to honor and support patient and family decisions & decision-making
  • A complement to hospice care

End-of-Life Doulas may offer the following:  

  • Help with end-of-life planning, which may include green burial or home funeral
  • Support from initial diagnosis through bereavement
  • Sitting vigil with the dying and their loved ones
  • Assistance with advance care planning
  • Education, information and resources
  • Addressing concerns of both client and family (i.e.: fear, dread, death process)
  • Building a network of support
  • Provide comfort before and after death
  • Assistance with life review
  • Respite or overnight care
  • Household Support
  • Personal care

Each end-of-life doula’s practice will differ based on their areas of expertise.

Ethical Standards

The Midwest End-of-Life Doula Collective is committed to a set of ethical standards. These standards are relevant for end-of-life doulas regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve.

These standards give the public and healthcare organizations an understanding of the ethical principles and practices that guide the professionally trained end-of-life doula. They are important when ethical uncertainties arise in the performance of end-of-life doula services to a dying person and their loved ones.


Choosing an End-of-Life Doula

Questions to consider:

  • Does the doula have the availability to offer what is needed?
  • Will the needs of your loved one and family be met by the services offered?

Additional factors that may influence your choice:

  • Gut feeling
  • Training & background

What does an End-of-Life Doula Cost?

  • Prices vary depending on services and needs – inquire with the individual doula
  • If you are an organization interested in a set number of hours per week, please contact doulas individually  

Further Information and Resources:

Name Email Website Phone
Patti Berni pattihpc@aol.com   314-822-8261
Melissa Bowers revmomb@aol.com    816-547-9618 
Joan Bretthauer   joan@aceendoflifedoula.com www.aceendoflifedoula.com 314-878-3927
Tess Clarkson  tessclarkson@hotmail.com    
Dr. Maurya D. Cockrell  leavesspeak@consultyknot.com www.leavesspeak.com  
Alisha Daniels  alishadaniels989@gmail.com   762-253-5435
Julie Dunton julie.dunton@sbcglobal.net    
Mike Elliff Bdywrkr8@gmail.com    
Kella Gehlert agentlepassage@gmail.com www.agentlepassage.com 636-399-3386
Ted Gillespie tagconsulting@yahoo.com    
Whitney Lane whitneyglane@yahoo.com    
Rita Oldani sacredspaces26@sbcglobal.net    
Gwynn Olson gwynnrenae@hotmail.com www.guidedgriefandgoodbyes.com 816-876-8319
Lauren Ponder lauren@withlove.events www.withlove.events 303-598-9284
Joy Purcell joy@joy4seniors.com www.joy4seniors.com   
Delaney Rhea delaneyrhea@yahoo.com www.thesacredsunset.com  
Amy Rush info@inspireddying.com www.inspireddying.com  
Christine Grace Shoemake deathdoulachristine@gmail.com Death Doula Christine Grace | Facebook  
Nicole Staab kcendoflife@gmail.com www.kcendoflife.com  816-797-1687
Astrid Starling astridstarling42@gmail.com  www.facebook.com/LavenderSpiritDoula  
Cortney Tatlow cortney@joyfultransitionsdoula.com    
Dr. Joanie Terrizzi    joanie@grieftender.org www.grieftender.org 314-548-9344
Gale Thackrey galethackrey@gmail.com    
Natalie Turner-Jones  nat.turnerjones@gmail.com www.companioningthedying.com    636-233-0063
Terry Wilson terrynobel@gmail.com   573-491-3392
Dana Wojtan dmwotjan@gmail.com   847-612-5803
Cindy Yamnitz    cyamnitz@gmail.com