Death doulas, hospice volunteers, and caregivers can benefit from the value of using herbs for end of life care for both the patient and their family members, as well as to support themselves as they work in these sacred spaces.
This six part course will explore the history of using herbs for death and dying, establish a foundational knowledge of how to utilize teas, essential oils and flower essences at the end of life, experience assessment tools to employ to navigate how, when and where to offer herbal remedies to patients and their family, and empower students to build a personalized holistic tool kit to support their work in these settings.
Who is this course for?
- Death Doulas
- Family Caretakers
- Hospice workers and volunteers
How is this course structured?
Each week, you’ll receive a new lesson featuring video classes, workbooks, and supplemental resources. Live instructor support will be available during the streamed video class from 7-8:30 pm, with additional questions answered once per week via email.
During our sixth week, a live interactive session will be held with the instructor, featuring show-and-tell of your herbal toolkit and integration Q&A.
Students wishing to receive a certificate of completion must attend all sessions and complete a small written assessment.
Tuition is $297 for the six week series, all recordings and supplemental materials
12 Continuing Education Units are available for Nurses, Massage Therapists, Midwives, Respiratory Therapists, and Dietitians in the state of Florida, and other states as approved by individual licensing boards, for an additional $15 processing fee.
Meet Your Instructors
Emily Ruff is a community herbalist who has practiced the art and science of plant healing for fifteen years, and has integrated herbs into hospice settings for over a decade.
Emily’s botanical studies have taken her around three continents where she has studied under healers of many traditions. Her background in gardening and botany came in childhood while wandering the wilderness and digging in the sandy soils of Florida with her grandfather, a tobacco farmer turned urban gardener, and her father, a botany and astronomy professor. Her journey into herbalism continued through apprenticeships in Guatemala under the tutelage of local healers on the southern coast of Lake Atitlan, in the mountains of Vermont at the feet of Rosemary Gladstar, and in the Central Florida apothecary Leaves & Roots with herbalists Carolyn Whitford and George D’Arcy. Emily’s academic studies include Ethnobotany, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies at the University of Central Florida and Curanderismo with the University of New Mexico. She is a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner.
Emily’s dedication to preserving bioregional medicinal plant traditions and ecosystems led her to become active in the organization United Plant Savers. Inspired by a need for greater connection among her regional community, she founded the Florida Herbal Conference event in 2012, an event that continues to sell out annually. In past years, she served multiple terms as president of the Herb Society of Central Florida and as co-founder of Homegrown Local Food Cooperative. In response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, Emily founded the Orlando Grief Care Project. From the community relationships cultivated through the national response to this tragedy, Emily formed the Herbal Action Network to continue weaving the web of compassionate herbalism into community engagement. Sharing her time between Florida and Vermont, she currently serves as director of the Florida School of Holistic Living and the Sage Mountain Botanical Sanctuary.
Emily’s classes have been described as “heart-filled,” “enriching,” and “empowering,” creating a bridge between the teachings of our ancestors and the technologies of our modern world. Emily can be found in joy cooking, practicing yoga, writing, photographing flora, creating music with family and friends, and digging her fingers in the dirt. The plants continue to be her greatest teachers.
Marie Frohlich –
Marie is a certified holistic health coach and herbalist. She has been a champion for vitality and balance in the workplace AND at home for over 20 years – specializing in self-care and reducing stress, she uses a holistic and experiential approach to engage and inspire through individual and group coaching, workshops and organizational retreats. She is Vitality Champion with the Coaching Center of Vermont and Principal of TaprootHerbals.com. You can find out more about Marie at www.MarieFrohlich.com
Lora Krall – As a nurse herbalist, Lora incorporates her 35 year career in healthcare with a lifetime study of nature, blending the best of both worlds into her work as an herbalist. She has taught at various conferences in the Midwest and has most recently been published in Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Fire Cider: 101 Zesty Recipes. She is a teaching assistant for The Science and Art of Herbalism course.
Shay DeGrandis – Shay is a community herbalist, kitchen medicine maker, plant walker, ancestor talker, celebrant and animist working in the Orlando area. Her practice focuses on guiding clients through stress, anxiety, and heartbreak to assist in alleviating various physical and emotional manifestations through nutritional and herbal support, mindfulness, creativity, ancestral tending and grief care. From 2016-2019 she studied with Earth Traditions in Wisconsin; Celebrant Foundation and Institute; Orphan Wisdom School with Stephen Jenkinson, and worked as a hospice volunteer with VITAS in Chicago. Her previous training as a story-teller, death doula, home funeral guide and celebrant informs her work as a community herbalist.