Ep 13 Nada Frazier: an End-of-Life Doula

Hey Beach lovers! it’s mid December here - just a few weeks before Christmas, and then we’ll be ushering in a New Year – a new decade!! 

So, in the middle of all the holiday hustle, why don’t you and I take a break and talk about DEATH

I know, I know, this sounds like a morbid subject and why would anyone want to talk about DEATH?  Especially during the holidays!

Trust me, I wasn’t too sure about this myself; however, after talking with Nada Frazier, a Death Doula (yes, there is such a thing) I realized this is a conversation we need to be having - especially since this is the time of year when we’re focused on family and friends, and thinking about how we want to live our best life going forward into the New Year.

As strange as it might seem, living our best life includes talking about and preparing for. . .our death.

In this episode, Nada and I talk about:

The stigma around death and how we define it, our fears about the end of life and our reluctance to talk about it, our personal end of life stories and how to prepare for and have a conversation around end of life issues. 

Nada explains what a Death Doula  does - and doesn’t do - and helps re-frame the idea that preparing for our death isn’t something to be afraid of. . .

It’s one of the greatest gifts we can give our loved ones. 

About Nada Frazier:

Nada is a non-denominational ordained minister and has served as Spiritual Leader of Unity of Jacksonville Beach (www.unityofjacksonvillebeach) since 2015.   She is a sacred servant, inspirational speaker, writer, award winning photographer, reiki master teacher, and hospice spiritual care volunteer.  

Nada founded and continues to facilitate "Sundays 8 @ 8" prayer circle where each Sunday at 8 p.m. for 8 minutes, people from across the globe quietly step away from their usual activities to come together in prayer.  She is also the founder of The Sacred Servant (www.thesacredservant.com) where she serves as an End-of-Life Doula, Guide, Mentor, Trainer, Consultant and Community Educator.

Nada is a Certified End-of-Life Doula, Advanced Mentorship, through Quality of Life Care and serves as a Board Member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) (www.NEDAlliance.com) and Chair of NEDA’s Newsletter Committee.  In additon, Nada founded and facilitates The Death Café of Northeast Florida (deathcafe.com)   

She has over 30 years of experience working as a paralegal, holds a B.A. in Communication, with a minor in Women’s Gender Studies from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi and is currently enrolled in Saint Leo University's MSW program. 

Nada enjoys her family, meditation, writing, nature photography, and never met a tree or rock she didn’t love.

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