If you have ever thought about working with those in the process of leaving their bodies, I highly recommend Deanna F. Cochran's work. I have started this course with her and am wow'd by her knowledge, insight, experience and most of all by her compassion. The work is intense and is bringing up "my stuff" around death and loss; working with Deanna feels like following a pathfinder into territory she knows well and will lead me safely through.
- Susan Rossi, Shaman, Flying to the Heart
I think your authenticity and transparency is invaluable as a leader. You are so available to us “students” whenever we need you and that says ooooodles about YOU. You are truly here on earth to serve. I can feel you and I see you. Working with you has helped me to align myself with that feels right to me in this work. You confirmed in me what my passions and gifts are. Getting validation from someone with your knowledge and experience in this field has changed me forever. I truly mean that. I didn’t know being a “Death Doula” was even a thing. I now know 100% what my purpose is. Thank you for all of your time and the energy you put into this program. You are changing lives. xoxoxo
- Tiffany Anne R
Your enthusiasm and heart-felt desire to help people at the EOL was evident and inspiring. You re-energized my desire and expanded my knowledge and confidence to journey with people at the EOL (those transitioning). – Patricia C
All I knew before I began Deanna's programs was that I felt an intense yearning to be of service at the end of life. I had very little experience in this realm and wasn't even clear what this work looked like. Deanna saw my earnest desire and welcomed me into what has become deep and meaningful work. Being mentored by Deanna has been a life-changing gift! I watched my skills and intuition in this work, grow, deepen and flower. Serving my community as a death doula and grief coach I see how those of us working at the threshold are shaping our collective experiences with death and grief. Deanna is a fierce and loving warrior in this cause and I am honored to be with her on the path. - Iris F
Amazing! Thank you Deanna, for your trail blazing gift to all of us, who's soul's calling is to serve during the end of life journey!
- Sway H
My life is so naturally flowing and completely full right now. Thank you for your guidance through this new birth of my path. The most important part of your course for me has been the self-care part. If I hadn't done that work, I would be spreading myself quite thin now. I am a recovering Yes person, and although sometimes I feel like I should be helping more people, I feel really good and energized when I wake up in the morning. I try to remember the story about the child on the beach with the starfish. If you haven't heard it, here's how it goes. Once a woman walking on the beach and she saw a child down the beach bending over and throwing something into the ocean, over and over. As she got closer, she could she the child was picking up starfish that were stuck on the beach because the tide had gone out, and throwing them back. The woman said "You can't possibly save all these starfish, there are too many. What does it matter?" And the child picked up a starfish and said, "It matters to this one" and threw it in the sea...
- Janet M
I have learned that despite my inner fears and insecurities, I am innately ready to support the dying and their loved ones. I have felt the ability and strength to do this work most of my adult life but now, after taking this beautifully designed course, I know I was made to do it. It’s like all of my experiences, struggles, abilities, strengths, lessons, interests, so many facets of me point directly to me doing this work. I’ve had the tools the whole time , but your experience and direction has offered a structure to put all the technical details in order. I’ve mentioned before that I am not a technical person so this course has helped me tremendously. I feel I have a foundation to build upon now rather than standing in a murky pond knowing what I need lies beneath the surface but not able to see it. It’s so much clearer now. It gives me great comfort knowing I have the section material and my responses at my finger tips for reference to easily and often refresh myself.
- Sara W
I so appreciate the chance to be present on your calls and to listen. You’re such a teacher! I love that you speak from your own experience, that you welcome any and every question, that you somehow ‘hold space’ for where every person is at. And I love that you speak easily, from a deep place of integrity and that you allow your amusement free reign! Thank you for being my teacher and friend.
I like the teleconferences and stories from personal experience, all the well researched reading material, and Deanna's coaching and 'pep talks'. I think the Accompanying the Dying course is very well organized...and even though it's a LOT reading, at least I have all the links at hand when I want to go back and reread them later. Some I've only been able to skim thru now, with the intention of going back over them. It's a much wider body of info than I first imagined. And there's so much to think about. This course has certainly raised my awareness....and I thought I already knew a lot (!) Thanks to visionaries like yourself, I think our culture is finally dealing increasingly better with the many death and dying concerns.
- Kathryn W
Deanna is such a skillful guide in tuning into what we need to be there fully when we are dying! As someone aspiring to be of service to others in this way, I am so impressed by her generous care and passion for this calling and her very evident commitment to deep, soulful nurturing based on a great love for life. Thank you, Deanna!
- John E
I was uncertain if I was able to take on such a task. Your class gave me the tools I needed to serve the dying, and the confidence to be able to serve. Starting a business is a bit scary but I am now confident I can succeed. Working with you has been a pure joy! It has truly changed my life.
- Burneace D
I don’t know where to start with this. Working with you has had such tremendous value and I can’t imagine trying to step into this role without having your support and the course. Just the amount and quality of information contained in the course has been really wonderful...I also feel much more comfortable with how I will be presenting myself primarily as a healthcare advocate, based on your recommendation. You hit that spot on and even though it was right in front of me, that that is my true and natural strength, I wasn’t thinking that leading with that role was the way to go.
- Danielle D
Thank you again for a lovely and informative weekend. Although I am rather stingy with my weekend time, this felt restorative in a self-care kind of way! Plus I receive CEUs for it...what a country!!!
- Jo Jensen, Pediatric Oncology Chaplain
We may not see each other yet I read everything you send and I draw on the her story I have with you. Your generosity is beyond measure.
- Lynny M
I just listened to Wednesday night's call and ~ I see you, Girl! You are a huge hearted angel and the Doula's Doula. I understand ~ and feel~ your authentic desire to make this End of Life movement happen. For the planet, and every human heart. Thank you for your vision, and endeavor. I imagine you continue to give of yourself in huge gestures. Thank you for the immense gesture you have made to me.
- Kim Rome, Move to the Love
I am continuing to learn and grow. I think I will be learning til my last breath. Your course is truly like giant juicy steak. I will be going through it again and again to go and grow deeper. I am excited when I wake up every day. I know that my heart is answering it's calling. And I know that those who are in my day will be a blessing to me as I serve them...Thank you for encouraging me to search my soul and calling deeper and more completely. I too am glad we had this Divine appointment!
- Sherrie T
I have learned the most amazing things but most of all learning how to take the baby steps and let it define itself. Thank you for the experience.
- Emilie D
Deanna's in the New York Times! Deanna, it was wonderful to see the story about death doulas on Saturday's paper, and to see that you were featured. Way to go! That's wonderful recognition and publicity for your work.
- Ann Allegre, Physician, Rigpa Spiritual Care Program
I just wanted to really thank you for the beautiful podcasts that you offer. I have learned so much already, and I have so many more to listen to, and feel constantly renewed and inspired by them Thank you. I know it must be a huge investment of time and organization of topics and guests, etc, and I am truly grateful for this unique gift that you've given us as listeners.
- Rachel M
Just a note to thank you for your 30 day primer videos. Thank you for your dedication, your gifts and sharing. I am grateful. I have integrated your inspiring assignments and learning into my “End-of-Life-guide” training at the National Expertise Centre for Dying” (The Netherlands). Together with the work of Stephen Jenkinson - you inspire me to do start community development work in end-of-life-care…
- Patricia K
I have been watching the 30 day primer videos, by Deanna Cochran, for the last three weeks. Some days, I just think about the material given; other days, I watch a couple in a row. For a person that is new to this journey of becoming an end of life guide, the videos have been a practical introduction. Each video of the primer gives me questions to consider as I decide what path I would like to take with this. It also gives many different persons and websites to further research and find information.
The biggest advantage of the primer for me, however, is Deanna herself. Her demeanor is soft, compassionate and completely genuine. I feel like if she were at my bedside, I could get through whatever I was facing. It also encourages me to keep being myself through this process, and to bring to end of life work my truest, most authentic self. Thank you so much Deanna.
- Vanessa W
"There is such a groundswell of information, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas. I’m just paying attention to it all and noodling around with how I might be able to contribute in the future...I’m not sure what my path looks like just yet, but I so appreciate the work that you’re doing to help people along the way. I hope you keep posting podcasts and YouTube videos. You are doing such important work, and your presence, even just on camera, is calm, deep, and full of kindness. You are a wonderful spokesperson for this movement, and I just wanted to reaffirm that you are reaching people and making a difference.."