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Surrender, Compassion & Connection

A Death Doula's Guide to Life with Danielle Slupesky

(Ep. 079 on the Andrew Petty is Dying Podcast)

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Andrew Petty, Life Coach on his podcast, Andrew Petty is Dying.

Here is what Andrew had to say about our conversation:

What's on the other side of Death?

Danielle Slupesky came face-to-face with her own Mortality through a harrowing and prolonged medical crisis. She barely lived to tell the tale. In the midst of that crisis, she had a near-death experience that completely changed the trajectory of her life and her relationship with Death.

Danielle is an End-of-Life Coach and a Death Doula based out of Albuquerque, NM. In this episode, she gives us a detailed first-hand account of her near-death experience and how it changed her.

Frankly, it's difficult to know where to file or categorize Danielle's experience. On the one hand, it would be reassuring if it fit neatly into my existing worldview or further supported it. But it doesn't do that, so for now it gets filed under "Unsolved Mysteries."

It's clear, though, that what remains a mystery to me has radically transformed Danielle. Its impact cannot be ignored. For that reason alone, her story is worth paying attention to.

But there's more to Danielle's story that deserves our attention, including the importance of surrender, the perils of unconscious living, and how our bodies whisper messages that we need to hear and heed.

This conversation enlightened, challenged, and encouraged me. I hope it does the same for you.

Some Highlights From This Conversation

  • Danielle “before and after” her encounter with Mortality and near-death experience

  • The perils of “unconscious” living and how to live more consciously

  • How to hear what our body is whispering to us about our mental and emotional wellbeing

  • Danielle shares a detailed account of her near-death experience and how it changed her

  • What Danielle considers most important today, after her encounter with mortality and near-death experience

  • How an End-of-Life Coach can help you live more consciously today

  • The role of the Death Doula in the 21st Century

  • Tune in to the full episode for more…

Listen to our conversation here:


1 Comment

Apr 19, 2023


It is so clear that the gift you give as a death doula is your calling. Thank you for answering it.

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