Jude Higgins

Jude is a Death Doula, holds a tenured faculty position in Anthropology, is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership, and a trained facilitator in Renewal and Wholeness, and Circles of Trust™ techniques, and has taught at colleges and universities in Idaho, Kansas, Utah, and Japan, developed many college courses, and offered numerous workshops and trainings for faculty and staff at colleges and universities for the past 11 years. In addition, she holds certifications in NODA (No One Dies Alone), and Dying Consciously.

Her work as an End-of-Life Doula, facilitator, and educator, inspired her  create HELD’s™ doula training program.  HELD™ Doulas are trained in techniques that enable them to hold space for clients as they assist them (and their families) in working through the challenges they face during various transitional phases associated with end of life.  HELD™ End of Life Doulas are well-versed in meeting clients where they are, and have the ability to guide them to a place of grounded clarity.

HELD™ Doulas are trained to listen, and to bring a gentle strength to the uncertain space that we call end of life.

Ronald R. Ferrucci

Ronald R. Ferrucci is a web developer and photographer with a background in Genetics (MS, University of Utah; PhD, University of Ferrara). His photographic work focuses on the macabre, ephemeral, and forlorn. That is to say, he is interested in abandoned places, cemeteries, and urban decay (though not necessarily abandoned). His work can be found at Nichilismo in Fotografia.

As a web developer, his experiences runs from content development, website design, and building the code on which sites run. He also has experience in programming for data analysis in python and C++ (and dabbles in Perl and Pascal—but let’s keep that between us).