Change is inevitable, but we are not guaranteed to navigate changes with grace. I partner with people and organizations in periods of transition to help them thrive in the spaces "betwixt" what has been and what will be. Magic can happen in that space between.
I partner with people in three ways: with organizations undergoing change, with individuals as a coach or circle keeper, and at end-of-life with those who are dying and their circle of support.
I partner with small nonprofits, businesses and agencies to plan and implement a thoughtful transition process for organizations facing changes in leadership, strategy, programs and practice.
I work with organizations rooted in their values of service and I design processes and plans that align with their missions. Strategic planning, program development, succession planning and communications design can all work together to help you achieve your vision.
I work with people individually or in small groups to explore your past, your power, and your relationship with change, loss, fear, grief, and death. Together, we build resilience in the face of change.
Through one-on-one coaching, you can navigate a life change with grace, in a grief circle you can be witnessed and attended to, and a living funeral helps you deepen gratitude for what is and realign with your values and purpose.
As an end-of-life doula, I partner with individuals who are dying and their loved ones to reflect on their lives, create remembrance projects, design and implement vigil plans, accompany the dying person through their final days, and support loved ones after a loss. I also work with people who want to plan for end-of-life before it is upon them. This planning is a gift to oneself and to loved ones, creating a legacy of care, attention and mindfulness.
"I cannot say enough good things about Dana Brinson and the quality of her work. She has been a godsend as we have attempted to navigate our organization through COVID-19. Dana is an outstanding planner, team facilitator, researcher, writer, educator and consultant for leaders and managers."
-Dennis Streets, Executive Director, Chatham County Council on Aging.
We feel so fortunate to have Dana’s help in creating a space for often difficult conversations around death, dying and grief. Dana skillfully facilitates our monthly Death Cafés , always creating an atmosphere of ease, safety and openness which allows for all to be present and participate. She invites a gentle curiosity and compassion in the exploration of these topics. Dana brings masterful facilitation skills coupled with expertise as a death doula – it’s a powerful, unique and positive combination.
Amy Gorely, V.P. for Strategy and Outreach, Carolina Meadows Retirement Community
"Throughout the project Dana focused on achieving the best possible outcome for the project, showing flexibility and adaptability despite the impact of the pandemic. Dana provided support and insight that we needed for our work. In particular the high quality, clarity and focus of her reports has been instrumental in our being able to focus our service around its value proposition."
--Paul Keenleyside, Executive Director, Nisai Education Trust
"Dana is skilled at developing and building internal and external relationships which has proved to be a huge asset both to the project and in looking to the future. Highly recommended!"
"Dana, you're amazing! This really felt like a compassionate "death" of our organization and you were respectful and cognizant of that and all members. You have a true gift ."
Nonprofit Staff Member
"Thank you so much for your help. You were wise, graceful and kind."
I am committed to working with you through your change, asking the right questions, and holding space for your learning process. I bring more than two decades of experience in research, project management, program and event design, and facilitation. As an educator, end-of-life doula and circle keeper, I help you engage your curiosity, open up to learning, and face change with courage.
I am committed to equity and inclusion and I design my programs and consultations to support your needs and honor your experiences. I am LGBTQ+ affirming and inclusive, engaged in anti-racist efforts and committed to continued learning and action to dismantle systems of oppression.
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