Daniel Shaw

Death Doula, VDDN Co-Founder

I became a death doula at the end of 2019 and was just getting my practice up and going when the COVID-19 pandemic began. I set a weekend aside toward the end of March 2020 to think about how I could respond, as a doula, to the global crisis. Before that weekend arrived, Andrea Sugar reached out to me with her idea to start a Virtual Death Doula Network. I thought the idea was brilliant and reached out to the doula that helped me get started, Emily Cross. We had out first Zoom meeting on April 1st and the Virtual Death Doula Network is the result of our collective effort. On an interesting side note, all three of us are graduates, from different cohorts, of the End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate run by the University of Vermont.