Helen Callanan is both a practicing End of Life Doula and the founder and educator of Preparing the Way which presents the End of Life Doula Training in collaboration with the Australian Doula College.
Initially training and practicing in Traditional Chinese Medicine & body work along with almost 30 years direct experience working and being with people who are very ill and the dying in both public and private palliative/hospice situations provides Helen with a wealth of practical experience.
This includes over 30 years as a professional Reiki II practitioner and 20 years teaching Reiki ~ all providing Helen with insight into health and healing, including end-of-life, mental/emotional and spiritual development.
Helen is an advocate for ongoing personal and professional development in her own practice as an End of Life Doula and of those she teaches. To that end, Helen has pursued ongoing professional training in Medical Terminology, Grief and Loss Counselling, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Death Midwifery with Michael & Anne Barbato, Digging Deeper (6 day live in intensive training with Natural Grace Holistic Funeral Directors), various online study in end of life work and support.
In addition, for several years during that time Helen was working with a global personal development organisation as a leader, coach and manager which has fueled Helen’s passion for education and making a difference in the world.
Helen has also been studying with a Meditation Master teacher for many years and regularly goes to America to deepen her studies and volunteer at a private not-for-profit Animal Rescue Sanctuary inside her passionate commitment to animal welfare and conservation.
Helen has recently joined the Committee of the Natural Death Advocacy Network here in Australia and is a champion and advocate for family led end of life care, education and choices for all people at end of life.