Part of the Collaborative's mission & vision is to re-educate people about the end of life. The negative perceptions of death in our culture can be transformed through understanding that we can live better by accepting the inevitable as a beautiful & essential part of life.
Why Our Collaborative Is Imperative
By Kerry Arquette, CEOLC Secretary & Co-Founder
I am not a joiner. My idea of hell was the Girl Scouts, which my mother signed me up for without consulting me first. I have friends who belong to book clubs and serve on meaningful committees. I honor both their interests and their work, but can’t imagine putting my tush in their seats. In many ways I am a lone wolf. So, why did I jump at the chance to be part of the founding team creating the Colorado End of Life Collaborative?
Seminary to Death Doula
By Rev. Marisa Rose Verrier, CEOLC Treasurer & Co-Founder
It was back in 2016 when my best friend, Christine and I took a year-long seminary program, together, in Lafayette, CO, that we first heard the term “doula.” It’s certainly not a common, everyday word, and if you’re like most people, you may not be familiar with it, either.
Several weeks into the program, we found out that one of our younger classmates was a postpartum doula. This certainly explained why she was often late to class and usually half asleep. She was exhausted! It’s a wonder she made it to class at all.