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Francesca Arnoldy

In this episode, Francesca shares how love, compassion, and intuition drew her to lean into a loved one’s end of life as they transition to death and how that was the seed to becoming a death doula.

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Francesca Lynn Arnoldy is a community doula and death literacy advocate. She is a researcher with the Vermont Conversation Lab and was the original course developer of the University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate Programs.

Francesca authored Cultivating the Doula Heart, Map of Memory Lane, and The Death Doula’s Guide to Living Fully and Dying Prepared.

A trusted thought leader, Francesca has been featured in articles by The New York Times, Fast Company, Newsweek, The Verge, and AARP. She regularly presents on life-and-death topics, hoping to encourage people to support one another through times of intensity.

You can find her contemplating birth, death, and life with the doula heart at

And here, you’ll find an excerpt from Francesca’s book, A Death Doula’s Guide to Living Fully and Dying Prepared.

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