Fare—referring to passage, journey
Well—to be done thoroughly, carefully
As end-of-life doulas, we journey and guide you and your loved ones through the dying process. We support you emotionally, physically, and spiritually. FareWell Doula provides information to help you and your loved ones make choices about the dying process. We are an integral component of the caregiving team and work hand in hand with your healthcare providers.
Through our work as end-of-life doulas, we understand the importance of open, honest conversations. Talking about your choices at end of life enriches your journey and helps you complete your “farewells” to your loved ones.
FareWell Doula Founder
INELDA Founder and Past President
Janie Rakow has been a hospice volunteer since 2001, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones through the end-of-life process. She has also worked as a doula privately in her community to raise awareness of the end-of-life doula field and to educate others about the dying process. To date, Janie has worked with hundreds of patients and their loved ones as they journey through their terminal diagnosis.
In 2015 Janie’s passion for doula work led her to join Henry Fersko-Weiss in founding the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), the largest end-of-life doula training program in the country. During her tenure at INELDA, she helped form and develop INELDA’s vision to provide education, certification credentials, and program development for the end-of-life doula field.
As an educator, Janie has trained hundreds of doulas during the past 5 years, as well as hosting numerous webinars pertaining to the end-of-life field. She has helped several hospitals and hospices create an end-of-life doula program. During her term as President, Janie also served on INELDA’s Board of Trustees.
Janie’s work as a doula is complemented by her years of experience as a certified Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, hypnotherapist, and Reiki Level II practitioner.
Janie has been featured on CBS affiliate, WBTV, and quoted in numerous articles in the Huffington Post, AARP, Vox, Mother Nature Network, Parade, Home Health Care Network and others. She is a contributor to the book “Empower Your Life” by Sue Urda and Kathy Fyler.
FareWell Doula Founder
INELDA Past Vice President
Jeri Glatter was drawn to the work of end-of-life doulas as a result of her spiritual journey and significant experiences with death. Jeri is an INELDA Certified End-of-Life Doula and has been serving as a hospice volunteer since 2014 and also as a private doula in her community. Jeri embraces the concept of walking alongside the dying with courageous humanity as they approach the end of life. Jeri’s artistic talents bring awareness to the beauty and possibilities through the creation of unique guided visualizations, rituals, and legacy tributes.
In 2015 Jeri joined Henry Fersko-Weiss and Janie Rakow as they founded the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), the largest end-of-life doula training program in the country. During her tenure at INELDA, Jeri became the Vice President and helped to form and develop INELDA’s vision to provide education, certification credentials, and program development for the end-of-life doula field. One of Jeri’s significant roles was communication and oversight of 2500 trained doulas. Her duties included streamlining procedures, website maintenance, and working to build a community of doulas through social media.
Jeri was one of the lead instructors for INELDA and trained hundreds of end-of-life doulas.
Jeri has been interviewed for online articles in Huffington Post, Samada.com, GatheringUs.com, ThriveGlobal.com, Vice.com, Minnesota Death Collaborative, and quoted in the newspapers; Star Tribune, Indianapolis Recorder, and Boulder Weekly.