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    Virginia Chang, Ph.D.
    Certified End -of -Life Doula

    How do you want to live until the very last moment?

  • Swirl Logo tan

    Virginia Chang, Ph.D.
    Certified End -of -Life Doula

    How do you want to live until the very last moment?

Let Your Potential as a Doula Unfold

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Are you looking to grow, learn, and enhance your skills as an end-of-life doula? Are you looking for guidance, advice, and support in your work as a doula? Whether you are interested in becoming a doula or expanding your capabilities, join me in a reciprocal and collaborative at-will relationship that will develop your potential.

Service to those at the end of their lives and their loved ones is an intense yet incredibly rewarding experience. It is a time of powerful emotions, encompassing everything from grief to awe. Holding space for and being open to the dying requires good self-care based on self-awareness so as not to be overwhelmed by this emotionally demanding work. As your mentor, I will discuss your goals and objectives as an end-of-life doula as well as encourage and support you in your work. I will also help you to develop and maintain personal well-being for doing the work.

Mentoring may include, but is not limited to:

  • weekly meetings, either in-person or remote

  • phone consultations

  • opportunities to shadow and assist me in my practice

  • support and encouragement in your development as a doula

  • advice and guidance in your work as a doula

  • analysis and processing of your case situations

  • an educational component to keep you up-to-date in this evolving field

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“Over the last year, it’s been difficult trying to figure out my path including this new role as an end-of-life doula. I was a little nervous to work with you at first but it’s been a wonderful experience, learning from you and getting your advice.

I was reviewing your feedback on my website last night and smiled to myself when I thought about how smart and dedicated to detail you are! You are a seasoned end-of-life doula and it’s a privilege to work with you and to have you review my website and provide feedback.

You’ve given me the courage to take on this role and to be more secure in it.”

— Lisa Petgrave-Nelson, LMSW, OSW-C, end-of-life doula, Solace in Knowing
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“You listen, you customize suggestions and thoughts to fit one talking. THEN you listen some more. Your input into my life comes from a whole different line of living. I cannot tell you just why or how or what.

I know you open doors in my mind I did not know were even there!!! Well done.”

—Dannie Engwert, end-of-life doula and author of Good Grief
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“I am grateful for the mentorship you give me. Having the opportunity to learn from you has made a substantial difference in my end-of-life doula work. I feel confident in suggestions you make, and I trust your judgement. Your effective listening skills and undivided attention make me feel I am being heard and valued. You listen to what I have to say, and you steer me in the right direction. You give me honest and direct feedback on my work. I like that because it allows me to move on to other projects in a timely manner. The clarity I get out of our calls helps me to move forward with confidence.”

—Joan Bretthauer, MS, end-of-life doula and coach, ACE End-of-Life Doula Services
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“Over the course of a year, I was thankful to have Virginia as my mentor. From the start, she encouraged me to take small steps to grow as an end-of-life doula. With her wise counsel and support, I grew beyond my expectations. I also learned how to handle issues related to death and dying that arose in my personal and professional life, an ongoing process.

Throughout, Virginia generously shared her knowledge, guided me to see possibilities for growth even during a pandemic, and helped me clarify where my passion lies. Ultimately, she helped me recognize that my doula training enhanced my skills as a clinical psychologist and now it is a key sub-specialty of my existing private practice.”

—Vicki Kurtz, Ph.D., end-of-life doula and clinical psychologist, vickikurtz@earthlink.net

Let me be your personal advocate.
Contact me to discuss a mentoring relationship.