Ellen Newman

  • Pre and Perinatal Hospice Team


"I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."

- Edward Everett Hale



A conversation with her colleague, Glen Burkholder, brought to light her background as a doula and childbirth educator.  Glen suggested Ellen might be interested in being involved in HHA’s Pre and Perinatal Hospice program and he was right.


Ellen is the proud mother to two special needs adult sons, one rainbow daughter, and partner to the smartest, kindest man on earth.  She gardens, dances, kayaks, crochets, paints, cooks and flies a stunt kite for fun.  To relax, she meditates and drinks wine, but not at the same time.


Ellen is a student of the Funeral Service Education program and almost through the second year of studies and required internship.  Previously, she was a DONA/CAPPA certified doula and childbirth educator, and a Unitarian Universalist Lay Chaplain for the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.  She still serves her congregation as Chair of the Lay Chaplaincy Committee


Ellen is the creator/organizer of the Welcome The Crone annual weekend retreat to celebrate and honour women who have achieved the status of respected elder in their community.  She has presented on the topic of Graceful Aging for the Department of Sociology at York University.  She is the facilitator of the Halton Hills Death Café, and is the organizer of The Natural Death Expo to take place in November 2016


Certificate – Contemplative End of Life Care – Institute of Traditional Medicine, Toronto

Humber College – Nancy Lawrie Memorial Award

Humber College, School of Health Sciences – Academic Integrity



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