Beach Doula launching series of free workshops to prepare for dying your best death

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First workshop topic: Advanced Health Care Directives

Presented by Sheila Brennan, on August 17, 2023 from 3:30—5 pm, Dan Conway, Partner, Scott & Shuman, will be the guest speaker and address your questions. The Workshop is to be held at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, 36913 Coastal Hwy, Fenwick Island, DE. First 10 participants to RSVP receive discounted AHCD from Scott & Shuman: $100 single / $200 couple. Call/text 302-278-3993 TO RSVP.

As part of her doula practice, Sheila Brennan is providing free workshops that complement an end-of-life plan, and prepare folks long before a terminal diagnosis is given. An Advanced Health Care Directive is an example of what someone can have on hand in case of an unexpected health event or accident.

ICU nurse Kristen McConnell said in The Atlantic: “Futile care occurs everywhere and it is traumatizing for families, demoralizing for doctors, and dehumanizing for patients. As a society, we need to encourage people to have difficult conversations about what forms of care are acceptable to them, long before the moment of crisis.”

In addition to designing meaningful plans for those who have a terminal diagnosis, Sheila Brennan will hold workshops educating the general public on topics such as navigating social security enrollment, legacy letters, shopping for caskets, the FTC’s Funeral Rule, green burial, home funerals, etc. CBS Sunday Morning has aired recent segments on funeral industry disrupters and on July 30 a guest had this to say: “When people walk into a funeral home they often don’t know that they have options other than the massively marked up caskets.”

Sheila Brennan trained with INELDA after assisting her father in his death journey and at the same time helping her dog go to sleep. She calls herself an End of Life Coach because the multi-faceted work encompasses managing the flow of well wishers, coordinating daily life so families can focus on the patient & themselves, designing a space with a view & mementos, planning a ritual for the time of death, working with friends/family after the death, scheduling a mobile veterinarian for home euthanasia, as well as simply sitting vigil so that no one dies alone. She cares that each person’s vision of a beautiful and peaceful death be accommodated, no matter the request. Beach Doula launches at the Delaware shore where Sheila Brennan resides and cherishes the beach life she enjoyed in her youth.

“I wish you the grace and peace of a beautiful death.” Sheila Brennan