Change, in our lives and our organizations, can be an opportunity for insight and growth if navigated well. But we often fear change and resist or rush through it. Both approaches can hinder efforts to move toward better ways of living and working.
Dana Brinson (she/her), founder of Consulting Betwixt, knows that magic can happen in the space "betwixt" the old way of being and the new. She is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations in moving thoughtfully through periods of transition so that what works is preserved and what doesn't is released to make space for new ways of being.
Dana brings 20 years of experience as an educator, consultant, facilitator, writer and grant maker to her work with people who are navigating change. She has partnered with non-profits, small businesses, government agencies and individuals to reflect on the past, create plans for navigating the void between an end and a new beginning, and take initial steps toward the future. She can support your strategic visioning, change management, leadership transition, and capacity building efforts.
Dana has also explored change and transition in the areas of dying, death and grief. As an end-of-life doula, she supports dying people and their families. She works with others who are moving through loss and grief and supports them in building resilience in the face of change. In addition to her study and research, her work is informed by her personal experiences with the dying processes of her parents, sudden loss and medical challenges.
Dana also works with people to face their mortality at any stage in life. Preparing for our own deaths can help us embrace life more fully. She is a Certified Living Funeral Practitioner and provides in-person and virtual Living Funeral Ceremonies that provide a safe and supportive space to explore our relationship with death. In addition, she helps people prepare for their dying times and deaths through Vigil Planning workshops, Letters for Loved Ones writing workshops, and other offerings.
Dana recognizes that our society's youth obsession and death phobia leave us without the knowledge, traditions and skills to support loved ones in their dying times. Trained as an end-of-life doula, a hospice volunteer, and a circle keeper, Dana partners with people to build skills to support their loved ones or to face their own dying times with strength, dignity and grace.
Dana is a member of the International End of Life Doula Association (inelda.org) and the Funeral Consumers Alliance-North Carolina (funeralsnc.org) and a Certified Living Funeral Practitioner through Steady Waves End-of-Life Services.
Dana Brinson, as an End-of-Life Doula, offers support and guidance across the entire end-of-life journey. She founded Consulting Betwixt to partner with people who are at a threshold. After a diagnosis or receiving the news of a limited time to live, people enter a new world. Life is no longer as it was, but there is still life to be lived. Dana partners with people who are dying and their loved ones to help them navigate this space “betwixt” with grace, care and thoughtfulness so that when the dying time comes, everyone is held in a weave of support and can be fully present to face, or witness, the most important transition anyone undergoes.
Dana has deep experience in partnering with people through change and brings skills in active listening, guided visualization, storytelling, facilitation, legacy project development and other practices to support the dying person and their caregivers.
Dana is committed to honoring the cultures, religions and backgrounds of dying individuals and will partner with you to create a process that lovingly reflects your values and traditions.
An End-of-Life Doula is someone who partners with a dying person and their loved ones to shape the dying process into an experience that is whole-making, loving and honoring of the life lived. A member of the International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA), Dana uses their three-phase model of care:
Summing Up and Planning. In the early days of service, a doula may work with the dying person to review their life and create a remembrance project. As that work unfolds, the doula will help the dying person and loved ones create a vigil plan that expresses their wishes for how they would like to be supported in those final days.
The Vigil. During the last days of life, the doula will provide presence at the bedside, emotional and psychological support, guidance on the dying process, assistance with practical care, and respite for the caregivers. Typically, during a vigil, the doula will work in multiple-hour shifts one or more times a day, until the dying person is near the end. Then the doula will remain for longer shifts to provide presence through the death and into the time immediately afterwards to support loved ones through the process.
Reprocessing and Early Grief. In the weeks after the death, the doula will help loved ones process their experiences, provide information about the grief process, and facilitate some early work through grieving and navigating the demands of returning to the daily routines of life.