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Daniel Shaw

Death Doula, VDDN Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer

I became an end-of-life doula in the latter half of 2019. Andrea Sugar reached out to me with her idea to start the Virtual Death Doula Network shortly after the pandemic began. I loved the idea. I brought in Emily Cross to help and have been pouring my energies into building this nonprofit ever since.

I am blessed and honored to be serving in this capacity. It has been exciting to explore exactly what end-of-life doula work can look like, virtually. I also volunteer with Raise Our Voices, where I get to advocate for Afghans (applying for Special Immigration Visas) who helped the US during the occupation of their country. I'm also looking forward to completing my yoga teacher training in the spring of 2023 and discovering how that will help me grow as a doula.

Fun fact: The VDDN Founders are all graduates (different cohorts) of the End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate run by the University of Vermont.

Daniel Shaw