Joelle Johns, PT-Csp, has an extensive background in psychiatric and geriatric social work and case management, including experience as a patient advocate and indigent elder guardian. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UMass in 1993, she immediately went to work in an inpatient psychiatric/rehab setting in the Boston area and went on to work for the MA Dept of Mental Health for several years.
After moving to Florida, she attended Mt. Ida College’s Certificate in Thanatology Program via distance education. She received her End-of-Life Doula certification through the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine and her Pastoral Thanatology certification from AIHCP. She currently attends All Paths Divinity School and will receive Interfaith ordination in March 2021 and will complete her Master of Divinity in Summer of 2021. Ms. Johns uses her knowledge and experience to help create training programs for aspiring doulas and is involved in elevating the awareness of the sacred profession.
Ms. Johns offers spiritual companioning support not only to the dying but also to the family members in their many facets of loss including grief support. She has a strong background in working with advance directives and uses this to educate people regarding the importance of end-of-life planning and as a death educator to increase awareness and comfort in discussing death and dying. In 2018, she founded Sacred Passages, an end-of-life doula service in Sarasota, FL. She has been a bedside/vigil/spiritual care volunteer with Tidewell Hospice since 2009, recently supporting patients and family almost exclusively in their residential unit. She is a passionate believer in the death positive movement.
Joelle resides with her husband and three children in Southwest, FL.