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The Collected Regrets of Clover

A Novel

by Mikki Brammer

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The Death Doula Profession

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The protagonist of Mikki Brammer's The Collected Regrets of Clover is a death doula. Just as a doula (or midwife) helps in childbirth, a death doula helps people who are approaching death. The profession has grown remarkably since 2000, when a New York City program co-funded by NYU Medical Center and the Shira Ruskay Center of the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services first paired volunteer doulas with patients. In 2003, again in NYC, social worker Henry Fersko-Weiss (author of Caring for the Dying) created the country's first hospice-based end-of-life doula program. In 2015, he co-founded the International End-of-Life Doula Association, which hosts online or in-person training sessions for doulas and hospice workers, as well as for caregivers.

While some doulas work on a volunteer basis, most are hired privately for an hourly ($25-$100) or flat rate. This is not a clinical role, as death doulas do not prescribe or administer any medications, so the field is unregulated. ...

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