Donna is the founder of Columbus Community Deathcare. She is an INELDA-trained Death Doula and hospice volunteer at Kobacker House.
She is a certified celebrant and has been officiating weddings and end-of-life ceremonies since 2005.
Donna has been drawn to death and dying since she was a young girl growing up in Northern Ohio. Her most peaceful childhood memories include fort building and pet cemeteries. She was called to make this her life's work after the death of her father in 2014 and she received her formal training in April 2019.
As a Death Doula, Donna offers guidance on how to care for our dying loved ones at home. She works to give families the tools they need to provide care up to and through the active-dying phase. She assists with bedside care, sits vigil, and facilitates open, honest conversations.
Donna provides educational consultations for home funerals, green burials, cremation and traditional burial services. She teaches eulogy and obituary writing and offers end-of-life document organization. Donna assists with legacy projects to deepen the exploration of the dying person’s life and create a unique physical artifact to leave behind for loved ones.
Tara is an educator and advocate whose professional career began in higher education teaching language and grew into the intersection of technology and education. At Ohio State University, she explores how teaching and learning work cognitively and in response to environment and stimulus in order to guide faculty in best practices for student engagement.
Tara is originally from the end of a highway in rural Appalachia on the Kentucky-Tennessee line. It wasn't until she moved away for college that she discovered how death-averse the larger American culture was. Growing up, she experienced death as an intimate part of her life, both in its natural state as well as in the form of traumatic loss.
Today, Tara is passionate about death education and reviving community-based deathcare practices in order to support greater equity in access, disrupt predatory exploitation of families at times of loss, and encourage a more open, healthy, supportive space around loss. Since moving to Columbus in 2009, she's settled in comfortably and realized herself a buckeye with bluegrass roots.
You'll find her leading workshops, helping with home funerals, and designing resources from merchandise to DIY guides.