Fall 2021 - Affiliate Spotlight
Labyrinth of the Heart Center, LLC
Dianna Vagianos Armentrout
Dianna Vagianos Armentrout was pregnant with her second child when a routine ultrasound revealed life-limiting outcomes for her daughter Mary Rose who had trisomy 18. In a pregnancy where hormones wanted to nest and prepare for new life, Dianna planned her unborn baby’s funeral knowing that Mary Rose’s life would be short. Grief became her companion for the second half of her pregnancy and the years that followed. She had two early miscarriages after Mary Rose’s death. How do parents cope with early losses of children through infant death and miscarriage when society denies the existence of these children? Dianna wrote Walking the Labyrinth of the Heart: A Journey of Pregnancy, Grief and Infant Death to support families through pregnancy and infant loss.
Dianna founded the Labyrinth of the Heart Center, LLC, and is an affiliate member of the Colorado End of Life Collaborative. She offers several writing and support classes on zoom at this time. Her grief class supports the bereaved as well as providers to better care for their patients experiencing infant and pregnancy loss. Her next pregnancy and infant loss class will be on zoom in March 2022.
with Tracey Swainson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UlAgvOZRBE
with Lynda Cheldelin Fell of The International Grief Institute on grief and Mother’s Day (viewed over 2k times on Facebook): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eChpI__dMl0&t=579s
with Kelly Meehan-Tabotabo of Soul Baby Communication: https://www.soulbabycommunication.com/birth-loss.html (search for Dianna for episode called A Transcendent Experience of Birth and Death)
Dianna is an advocate for accepting death as a natural part of life with love and compassion. She believes that all women deserve support for their losses regardless of how they come to each woman’s body. The metaphor that illness and death are a battle to be fought does not support the dying nor their loved ones.
She lives in Littleton and is studying classical homeopathy with the intention of opening a private practice in the fall of 2022. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction have been published in several journals and anthologies, some of which appear on her website.
CEOLC Affiliate Member Spotlight
Affiliate Spotlight - Feldman Mortuary
Feldman Mortuary has been serving families in Denver since 1936 and is the oldest family-owned funeral in Colorado. We are educators, not order-takers. Everyone at Feldman’s helps families to figure out what is important at the time of a death and to meet those needs.
Affiliate Spotlight - 4 Winds/5 Elements
n 2019, after completing the rigorous requirements needed to add the “clinical” piece to an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), I made the decision to seek part time hospice work and open a part time counseling practice. I wanted to support adults experiencing life’s transitions, helping them to become empowered with tools and healing that would help ensure a richness in living that they may have doubted. I wanted to empower people to feel part of something meaningful again. To that end, I am also and End of Life Doula, and a Reiki Master, offering energy healing work to those who desire a different level of care.
Affiliate Spotlight - Labyrinth of the Heart Center LLC
The Labyrinth of the Heart Center, LLC was created to support families going through pregnancy and infant loss and grief in order to honor our dead and our journeys with them in unity and love. Classes are offered to support families by learning appropriate communication skills around death, using ritual and creative arts for healing, and strengthening networks and communities. Writing classes are offered to individuals who are seeking a modality to express grief and honor loved ones. Motherhood includes all of our losses at the Center. We honor each other through compassion, and work with the ancestors who have also lost pregnancies and babies from the beginning of humanity. All are welcome at our table.
Affiliate Spotlight - Skipton Law, LLC
Our firm’s mission is to provide personal and professional service to our clients, and to excel in all areas of estate planning and elder law. We constantly strive to maintain a high level of personal service while keeping costs reasonable through effective management and consultations. Our firm realizes that clients are entrusting us with the matters that are most important to them.
Affiliate Spotlight - Be A Tree Cremation
Like many in this work, Emily Nelson stumbled into death care before it developed into a deeper calling. She was exposed to death early and often in her younger years, starting with the loss of her birth mother as a small child, followed by grandparents, and then the loss of a close friend to war during college.
Affiliate Spotlight - Sustainable Funeral
We are proud to shine the spotlight on our friend and affiliate member, Ed Gazdova of Sustainable Funeral. His patent-pending Alkaline Hydrolysis 2.0 and New Life Chamber offer an ecologically sound and sustainable end-of-life option. Find out more about Sustainable Funeral’s aqua cremation method in this month’s Affiliate Member Spotlight.
Affiliate Spotlight - Laura Walker, Writer
As a freelance writer, editor, website designer, and business marketing and communications consultant, specializing in strategy planning and writing, Laura Walker is also a flexible, quick learner and teacher who can provide many other skills and talents. She is proud to be the designer of the CEOLC website!