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 Co-Founder and Past President
Board Member American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying (ACAMAID.org)
Board Member New Jersey Death With Dignity (newjerseydeathwithdignity.org)
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 both 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 over 1,000 doulas during the past 6 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 such as 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
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Write Your Last Chapter
“A Beautiful Farewell”
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“Tomorrow is no place to put your better days.”
Have you heard of a Birth Doula? Doulas have been around for thousands of years. They were essentially female companion for supportive purposes. It seems to me, there is no better time to take advantage of this support than when faced with end of life. Join me as I interview Janie Rakow who tells me about this amazing profession. You will find her at www.FareWellDoula.com for any question or interest you may have. I hope you enjoy this episode.