Our mission is to reduce suffering during advanced illness and dying time by providing exceptional education, support, and resources to families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
We envision a world where every person has equal access to support and comfort at the end of life.
To share with you in authenticity, with laughter, tears and love, the ways of accompanying the dying.
We focus on the time period between 'when-cure-driven-treatments-begin-to-stop-working' and bereavement.
QLC began as an online resource center in 2005, for the purpose of reducing suffering at the end of life by providing resources, education, and support. Deanna gave presentations, wrote a blog, and provided personal end of life services.
She met leaders around the globe as they found each other through their education efforts in bringing peace and possibilities at the end of life (thank you Dr. Byock for that phrase).
Deanna quickly became a unifying thread between communities and educators having the same end goal.
By 2010, she had created the first End-of-Life Doula training for laypeople and has been working with those passionate about accompanying the dying ever since. Today, with her School of Accompanying the Dying in its 10th year, Deanna continues to collaborate with innovative leaders and develop corporate end-of-life doula programs. She is known as a unifying energy in the industry.
2020 – Deanna begins graduate school. MS in Palliative Care and the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
2020 – Award Recipient: Social Care Awards, Global Health and Pharma
2019 – Amazon best seller, “Accompanying the Dying: Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates," released in February.
2019 – Neighbor to Neighbor Program launched. Free Public Education Series. Local Events.
2018 – NHPCO creation of the End-of-Life Doula Advisory Council. Deanna is Chair of the council until December 2020.
2017 – National End-of-Life Doula Alliance creation. Deanna is founding member and served as first Vice President.
2017 (through present) – Doorway Into Light, International Death Doula Conference, Training Team.
2016 – QLC Education Partners. Community Education Initiative. End of life educators and companies are partnering with QLC for public education, service enhancements, and program creation.
2015 – QLC Corporate division established. Development of end-of-life doula services and programs, as well as educational license to use QLC material and training.
2014 – End of Life Practitioners Collective. A community and directory of independent practitioners, from a variety of disciplines, was created for those who serve at the end of life.
2014 – Journey with Deanna blog and podcast. We began as the world's first podcast devoted to palliative care as “The Journey Radio” podcast. We focus on the journey, not the outcome of living with advanced illness, dying and death. We interview leading experts as well as the non-medical person and offer opinions on leading issues.
2010 – School of Accompanying the Dying created. Deanna’s signature course, utilizing her proprietary CareDoula® approach, “Accompanying the Dying: A Practical Guide and Awareness Training” began taking students. This training continues to serve non-medical and medical professionals alike with Certificate and non-certificate options.
2008 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Host of Austin's 2nd annual celebration with Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization and The International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care.
2007 – World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Host of Austin, Texas's 1st celebration.
2006 – QLC Blog and public education initiatives began.
2005 – Quality of Life Care was founded. Deanna began her private practice as an End-of-Life Doula and Palliative Consultant which she continues to this day.
Our CareDoula® approach offers a unique blend of special awareness, skills training, and private practice development in a supportive, loving environment for the person who wants to accompany the dying well and with confidence in this modern age.