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Launching alongside “The Last Ecstatic Days,” the Community Deathcare Network (CDN) is an innovative end-of-life literacy platform. Our death-denying society often avoids discussions about mortality until crises arise, often too late for creating a meaningful experience for the dying and their community. The Network provides crucial support, breaking the cycle of late-stage preparations, stigma and expensive medicalized trauma.

Humans are inherently social beings, a timeless truth. CDN aims to revive the reflective and communal aspects of death, countering its current state as a costly and solitary medical event. Led by community end of life experts, CDN equips hospice providers, medical professionals, caregivers, and individuals supporting their loved ones with their own end-of-life journeys in a meaningful way.  Moreover, CDN members gain access to death-positive education experiences, expressive arts therapy, and immersive engagement opportunities. 

We are kickstarting the launch of CDN this Summer, training facilitators worldwide on topics like advanced care planning, trauma-informed care, and specialized support for diverse communities. 

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Brit Fleck

Meet

Brit Fleck is a gerontologist, birth & death care worker, activist, public health practitioner, and artist. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at Yale University with focuses on community centered death care, health equity, and reproductive justice. She joins our team as a researcher and designer pioneering the development of the Community Deathcare Network (more details soon!) She holds a B.S in Human Development & Aging from The University of Southern California School of Gerontology and a minor in Cinema-TV for Health Professions. In past lives, she has built products for seniors using human-centered design, helped scale a behavior change program, taught yoga at nursing homes, supported womxn in home births, helped people 'end well' in hospice, and has had the privilege of bearing witness to many people’s stories of love, loss, and awe. She believes that having an intimate relationship with death makes her more appreciative of life. 

Community Deathcare Fellow

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