Michelle Acciavatti, CEOLS

Doula Network: Michelle Acciavatti, CEOLS

General Information


  • Certification in Thanatology, Association for Death Education and Counseling *In progress
  • End of Life and Home Funeral Guide, Beyond Hospice *In progress
  • End of Life Doula, INELDA
  • Birth & Bereavement Caregiver, Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death
  • Birth & Bereavement Doula/Pregnancy and Neo-natal Loss, Doula, Stillbirthday University
  • Level 3 Certified Doulagiver, Doulagivers
  • Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator
  • Level 1 & 2 Certified Death Midwife and Home Funeral Guide, Final Passages
  • Certified End-of-Life-Specialist, Doing Death Differently
  • Hospice Volunteer Training, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
  • Clinical Ethics Certificate, Harvard Medical School
    Master of Science, Neurosciences, Boston University


  • Non-medical end of life support, home funeral support, pregnancy loss support, vigiling, memoir writing, life review and legacy work
  • One-on-one work and community workshops in patient empowerment and self-advocacy, values-based advance planning for end of life care and funerals, writing advance care and funeral plans, end of life care, home funeral education, creating personalized after death rituals and memorials, green burial education, death literacy, caregiver education
  • Ending Well Training- individualized end of life training with me
  • Designing workshops for death positive events hosted by non-profits, institutions, church groups, and communtities
  • In-service training for hospices, nursing homes, hospitals, and other end of life care providers

A Personal Note

I passionately believe that each one of us has the right to die in accordance with their values and wishes. I am the founder of Ending Well, a company dedicated to helping people “plan, prepare, and experience their own good death.” I call myself an End of Life Specialist because that is the title that best fits the many roles I have in educating people about their options at the end of life from the earliest planning period to after death. I work with people to identify their goals for dying well, and living well until death, and helps turn those goals into reality, as well as provide in-person support for death and dying at all stages of life- even when the transition is unexpected.
As death and dying begin to transition out of the medical realm, there are many options for people at the end of life. Along with these changes, comes an increased willingness to think about, talk about, and even plan the way we would like to die and be treated after death. I draw on my past as a writer, ethicist, and neuroscientist to empower the people I work with to be active participants in their end of life and after death decision making process and creating meaningful personalized rituals for themselves and their loved ones