Lecturer helps families navigate losing loved ones

Source: The University Record

Darcy Brandel

The process of losing a loved one can be a long road wrought with grief, anger and confusion.

Most would prefer to avoid these experiences, but Darcy Brandel finds that by entering that space, she can help families navigate their loss.

Brandel, a lecturer in creative writing in the Residential College and with U-M’s Semester in Detroit program, has worked as an end-of-life doula, also referred to as a “death doula,” for more than three years.

Similar to birth doulas who assist expecting mothers with pregnancy and birth, Brandel works with families to facilitate the passing of a loved one. Read The University Record story.

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