POWER HOUR: Circle of Wisdom – End of Life Doula, An Emerging Field & Movement


Wednesday, May 19

Noon - 1:00 pm

Virtual on Zoom.

There is much that’s changing in the world of shifting paradigms around serious illness, dying, death, grieving and living.

Learn how the emerging field of End-of-Life Doulas [EOLDs] is being tapped to fill the gaps in today’s health and death provider care as a complement to other institutional and community organizations, and why after 20 + years development including a wide range of holistic doula services, this new role is coming into mainstream awareness. We are a growing body of skilled, non-medically trained providers from a diversity of fields who are focused on advanced illness and compassionate end of life support of the dying and their families, from the initial diagnosis through bereavement.

Victoria Quinn-Stephens, who as a volunteer for a Portland hospice, was inspired to complete her doula training with the International End of Life Doula Association [INELDA], and more recently, the University of Vermont College of Medicine End of Life Doula Program. With over 35 years-experience as a marketing and business management professional across diverse fields including global healthcare, education and internet technology, Victoria is also a trained bioenergetic health practitioner in private practice.

Elizabeth Johnson earned a master’s degree in community and regional planning from the University of Oregon. She completed EOLD trainings from the University of Vermont, INELDA, and A Sacred Passing. Her appreciation for the importance of integrating inclusive dying practices and structures into communities, and honest dialoging around the complexities of the aging and dying process informs her practice. She is currently employed as the executive director [and end-of-life doula] for the peaceful Presence Project, a nonprofit that seeks to help Oregonians live, age and and die well by reimagining the way communities talk about, plan for, and experience the last state of life.