Free training in end-of-life caregiving offered at The Grove

NEW HAVEN — Free training to become an end-of-life caregiver, or doula, will be offered April 28 at The Grove, 760 Chapel St.

The event, presented by the International Doulagivers Institute, is intended for families, caregivers, volunteers and others who want to learn how to help others facing death in the near term.

The training, offered by Doulagivers trainers Nathalie M. Bonafé of A Gentler Parting LLC of New Haven and Ingrid Harrison of Affordable Personal Services and Pet Care LLC of Woodbridge, is also sponsored by Seasons’ Hospice and Palliative Care of Middlebury.

An end-of-life doula is a nonmedical person who cares for someone physically, emotionally and spiritually, according to the institute’s website, The training will include the three phases of end of life: shock, stabilization and transition, and what a caregiver can do to provide comfort and care, according to a press release.

While the event is free, donations will support the foundation “whose mission is to provide worldwide awareness, education, support and programs to both patients and their loved ones for the elder years and the end of life process,” according to the release.

The training will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register, go to and search for Doulagivers. For more information, contact Bonafé at 203-815-5743,, or Harrison at 203-215-9589.