Are you going through a period of major change in your career, family or health? Are changes in your community or the wider world weighing on you and making it harder to manage personal challenges like you used to?
You are standing in the threshold of change. What was is gone and what will come may not be clear. Magic can happen in this space between.
Change is inevitable, but we are not guaranteed to navigate those changes with grace. Our "go it alone" or "power through" approaches are failing us. Big transitions require the support of trusted confidants, connections with community and a bond with the more-than-human world to ensure we can ride out the storm together. We need those connections to move through a period of change with an open heart and curious mind.
Working together, we can:
If you are ready to grow your web of support through a period of change, connect with me to discuss your options.
Working in the Community: In addition to partnering with individuals, I hold circles, give talks and lead workshops about end-of-life planning, giving space to grief, facing death to live fully, and other topics. Please reach out with questions about how we might partner together.
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
"I've benefited from Dana’s wisdom, empathy and experience for several years now. She was among my most trusted advisors while I was leading Understood.org and as I transitioned to launch my own company. Her ability to cut through the noise and help me to see a clear and bold path forward were essential to the success of both ventures. She knows how to get things done and she’s an absolute joy to work with."
Kevin Hager, President
" I went into the grief-partner experience with Dana with no set expectations and an open mind. I found our sessions to be wonderfully comforting, peaceful, and kindhearted, with much open space for my grief to simply be. I was grateful for a space where I felt no pressure to be cheerful or reassuring, yet I was gently encouraged to explore and challenge the feelings I had. I'm so glad that Dana is doing this work. I would gladly recommend this experience to anyone whose life is impacted by grief."
Grief Partner Client
"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
"I cannot say enough good things about Dana. She has been a godsend as we have attempted to navigate our organization through COVID-19. Dana is an outstanding facilitator, educator and coach for leaders and managers."
Dennis Streets, Executive Director Chatham County Council on Aging
"Thank you so much for your help. You were wise, graceful and kind."
We will explore how to broaden your web of connections to help you along this path you are on. We will be honest about the systems and conditions that surround you and impact the options you have and find ways to help you move toward your vision for what comes next.
I am committed to equity and inclusion and I shape my work to support your needs and honor your experiences. I am LGBTQ+ affirming, engaged in anti-racist efforts and ongoing learning and action to dismantle systems of oppression. I strive to create experiences that are accessible for disabled folks. I know I can always do better and will respond proactively to guidance when I fall short of my convictions.
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My work with people through periods of change, including with people who are dying, is informed by a belief that we can all "thrive" in this space between what was and what will be.
Sometimes, though, words like "thrive" are perceived as a requirement that you be happy, hopeful and upbeat through an entire change process or that you can never admit to being scared, confused, frustrated or overwhelmed. That's not the case with me.
What I mean by thriving is the process of staying present, as much as we can, to what is happening within the change. It means we don't shut down or rush through or short circuit the process and we attend to what is wonderful and what is terrible about a change.