From a Trusted Doula Practitioner
Linda Potter | Maryland
“I'm so happy for Laurel and her future clients that she is preparing to be a doula, focused specifically on end-of-life challenges. Through her prior leadership at Calvary - St George's Episcopal Church, she helped us plan our mother's beautiful funeral, always listening and gently guiding with great kindness and wise advice. Her patience, especially with such a big family as ours, and her compassion, gave us the space to grieve with our siblings, children, extended family and friends, without another care in the world. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.”
About Laurel Marr
Laurel Marr has an extensive resume of service that gives her considerable experience in end-of-life care. She spent ten years in New York City working in the Episcopal Church, where she was a reformer of the prayer ministry and organizer of the pastoral care and senior ministries. This work includes caring for families and patients on a pastoral level, and Laurel gained much experience in funeral planning. Her church, Calvary Church holds an important key in the history of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the 1930s, The Reverend Samuel Shoemaker spiritually advised Bill Wilson and many of the steps (12 Steps) were written in the Rector’s office (61 Gramercy Park North). Laurel’s recovery from eating disorders has given her a passion for service plus a comforting way to speak about death.
After many years in parish administration and pastoral care, Laurel has stepped out to serve all communities as an end-of-life doula caring for patients and families facing death. Doulas are expected to be leaders in the Death Positive movement, which is redefining the current culture we hold around death.
Laurel is a mother to two teenagers and has recently relocated to Charlottesville, VA. She is originally from the Southeast and spent 10 years in Colorado before living in NYC. Her life out west taught her about the considerable benefits of holistic care.
Laurel studied Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the University of Nottingham (UK) and has a Master's Degree from General Theological Seminary in NYC. Laurel is trained as an End of Life Doula by DoulaGivers, and she earned her proficiency badge with the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA). Read how End of Life Doulas are bridging the gap in death care.
End of Life Care
Laurel Marr End of Life Doula Care serves individuals, families, and communities looking for physical, emotional, and spiritual support through a difficult journey. End of life care services are individually tailored to meet the needs of each patient, caregiver, and family. For more information on how I can provide the support you may need, please contact me.