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Melissa Murphy


Stars Beyond our Skin

Melissa Murphy

I offer a safe space that is inclusive and welcoming of all beings and our unique stories. I wish to reach those with unspoken or unrecognized grief and to lift up marginalized voices. My hope is to foster connections with people well before death is on the doorstep.
I continue to envision being a part of compassionate, inspiring communities that bear witness while accompanying one another in life and death. I have companioned people before, during and/or after illness and death. I am also here for caregivers and others in the support network. Please feel welcome to connect with me regardless of where you are on this journey of mortality!

In my free time, I enjoy being in nature, the company of my french bulldogs, traveling, photography, yoga, saunas by the sea, reading, films, reflecting on the wonders of life/ death to name a few things!

Skills and Qualifications

Professional Social Worker in various healthcare settings 1999-2014 including hospice (for 7 years) in California, USA

International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) trained, 2017 and member 2017 to present

Sacred Circle/ Journey with Death
End of life Doula preparation, 2019

Elisabeth Kubler Ross Foundation Compassionate Accompaniment for Life, Death and Transtion Doulas, 2021

Various certificates with The Institute for the Study of Birth Breath and Death including Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss, Advanced Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss, Holding Space for Abortion, Understanding Trauma for Birth and Death Doulas and others.

Other continued education includes Grief and the Quest for Meaning (INELDA), Shapes of Grief Training Programme

Death Cafe facilitator and Irish Death Cafes Facebook/social media page admin 2018 to present

Areas Covered

West Cork, Cork City, South Kerry, Virtual


Cork, Kerry

Support Offered

In Person, Virtual

Additional Languages

End of Life, Bereavement, Abortion, PAIL

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