Ninety eight homeless people died on the streets in Cleveland in 2016.
In 2016, Cleveland read the largest number of names in 30 years of candlelight vigils in remembrance of homeless people who died.
The Heart of Dying has developed end of life doula companion trainings addressing the special needs of the homeless. It is our intention to offer these trainings to staff and volunteers working within shelters. Our trainings are not limited to volunteers or staff directly related to a shelter, any organization who presently works with the homeless in any capacity would benefit from our compassionate heart centered trainings.
The homeless, who often suffer from lack of insurance or the ability - for various reasons to seek out preventative care, end up alone and in pain. When they do reach out for services they have surgeries, receive treatments for chronic or terminal illness and are then turned onto the streets to care for themselves. In training those closest to the homeless communities themselves as heart centered community doulas, this invisible population may be one step closer to receiving much needed care in end of life. Many homeless suffer with chronic or terminal illness long before reaching out for help~ we hope to embrace the homeless within the arms of a compassionate community of care.
Please contact us for more information about how you can help support or collaborate with this much needed project.