Following is our current schedule of events, along with brief descriptions which follow the list below.
MEMBERS-ONLY WEBINARS AND NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES
NEDA has members that represent 47 US states as well as several other countries, offering opportunities to share with and learn from others throughout the world. Regular online gatherings offer current NEDA members easily accessible ways to learn from EOL thought leaders and influencers, as well as to build important relationships with each other. Notices and Zoom links for upcoming events are distributed via various communications to our members in advance.
NEDA offers a minimum of six different educational webinars on a broad variety of topics relevant to our work in end-of-life care each year.
These events offer opportunities for members to learn more about board initiatives, connect with fellow NEDA members, share ideas about how NEDA can better support all of us as we serve our communities, and discuss various topical themes that impact the work of our members. Scheduled quarterly, each social includes time for board/committee presentations and breakout rooms that allow members to network and discuss select topics set for each session. A Zoom link will be sent prior to each gathering.
Upcoming 2023 Member Socials. All will be held from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Regional Groups Discussions
For NEDA members who are interested in networking closer to home, we have compiled a resource document called Forming Regional Group Guidelines designed to help create and build professional end-of-life doula groups. In 2023, eight on-line meetings are scheduled for members to meet by geographic region and use time to network, problem solve, plan events, and more. Upcoming events are listed below. Zoom links are sent out automatically in advance to all current members via email.
Additional Region-Specific Meetings
These groups are member-run and not intended to be managed by the NEDA board long term. Moving regional groups forward will take time, creative energy, and leadership from NEDA members in each respective region. We encourage you to consider how you can personally help to generate interest and momentum in your area. For those who would like their join a group in their geographic reason, please click on the region and complete the form that opens up.
Midwest: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio
Noncontiguous: Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico
Northeast: Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey
Pacific: Washington, Oregon, California
Rocky Mountain: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado
Southeast: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida
Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma
Designed to connect, educate, and motivate end-of-life care providers from around the globe, Doulapalooza is the name of NEDA’s conference and flagship event. Doulapalooza’s purpose is to bring together a diverse array of talent, ideas, and opportunities for learning, networking, and inspiration to those seeking to enhance their end-of-life-doula (EOLD) practices. More specifically, its objectives focus on:
Thank you also to our gracious and generous sponsors that included: The Dying Year, Funeral Boss INC, The Lily House, Liquid Death Mountain Water, Gonesh Incense, Mary Ruth Vitamins, LMNT, Moxie and Grace, and JessVibez
Planning for the future:
The success of Doulapalooza 2021 showed us how important and valuable this event will be for our organization and we expect to host it biannually.
We are beginning to plan Doulapalooza 2023! It is not too soon to start generating interest and ideas that will help shape it into something great. If you want to suggest topics of interest, names of potential speakers, become a sponsor, or volunteer to help our event planning committee, we’d love to hear from you so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATING SYNERGY THROUGH SPECIAL EVENT SPONSORSHIPS
NEDA hosted special events provide highly accessible and diverse opportunities for our members and others to learn from experts in the field and build important relationships with each other. Our events and sponsorship committee works hard to offer a variety of educational, nurturing, and inclusive events that help to further develop this emerging field.
We also believe it is important to nurture synergistic, mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations that are in alignment with our broader vision. One way we do that is by selectively creating collaborative events and sponsoring third-party events. Through these channels, we show appreciation for the work others are doing while also raising interest in and attention to our own.
If you have any ideas about possible events and sponsorships that you feel would be a good fit for NEDA, please let the events and sponsorship committee know by sending an email to EventsAndEducation@nedalliance.org.
While the majority of NEDA events are designed as a benefit for currently active doula and trainer members, there are occasions when we invite and encourage participation from a much broader audience.
Thursday, March 2, 2023 and Thursday, September 7, 2023: Panel Discussion: How Do You Doula? Please join us on Zoom from 7 - 8 pm for a panel discussion to learn how four of our NEDA members are working as doulas in their communities.
Meet the NEDA Member Doula Trainers -- Panel Discussion
Thursday, June 1, 2023 and Thursday, December 7, 2023 on Zoom from 7 - 8 pm EST
One of the most frequently asked questions received by NEDA is “Which training program do you recommend?” We’re always delighted to respond and explore options, but since NEDA’s purpose is to elevate the work of all our members, we do not endorse or advocate for any particular approach. What's “best” for one person may not be the “best” for someone else and depends on many variable factors. However, NEDA is very committed to offering tips and tools that will help each person find their own right answers. We offer an extensive Trainer Directory as a place to explore the many different programs available and have created a more in-depth information sheet providing suggestions for how to choose an EOLD trainer.
We also encourage talking with other members who have participated in different trainings, and with trainers themselves. To make that easier, NEDA periodically hosts free, virtual open-house gatherings where select trainers are able to provide a brief overview of their programs and engage in more personal Q&A breakout sessions that follow.
COLLABORATIVE AND NEDA-SPONSORED EVENTS
NEDA believes it is important to nurture synergistic, mutually beneficial relationships with other organizations that are in alignment with our broader vision. One way we do that is by selectively creating collaborative events and sponsoring third-party events. Collaborative partnerships and sponsorships reach key audiences far beyond our own current membership. Through these channels, we show appreciation for the work others are doing while also raising interest in and attention to our own. If you have any ideas about possible events and sponsorships that you feel would be a good fit for NEDA, please let the events and sponsorship committee know by sending an email to: EventsAndEducation@nedalliance.org.
RAD DEATH READS: Whose Life/Death Counts?
This learning opportunity is inspired by the work of our own end-of-life practitioner community and NEDA’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (JEDI), and curated by the Collective for Radical Death Studies. Upon completing this series, individuals will come away with a better understanding of how people with historically marginalized identities experience death and mourning, thus enabling participants to provide a more compassionate and culturally competent practice. We hope these NEDA-inspired series will illuminate our community’s capacity to show up for a diversity of living and dying experiences with greater understanding, humility, and compassion.
The cost to participate for each monthly series is $40, and this includes eight 1.5 hour online sessions in each part (held weekly for four weeks: Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 -- 2:30 pm Eastern Time) for a total of 32 sessions altogether. At this point CEUs are not available and the eight, 1.5 hour sessions will not be recorded because of the sensitive nature of the conversations. Early registration for each monthly series is a benefit to NEDA members since participant numbers will be capped at 50 and we anticipate that spaces will fill quickly!
For more information about Rad Death Reads, and how to register, check out this video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ETAX8t--zv4QELZ_WYU-KbS_WQ3oXMxZ/view?usp=sharing.
NATIONAL END-OF-LIFE DOULA ALLIANCE (NEDA)
PO BOX 456
HOLDERNESS NH 03245
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