T. Michelle Churchman is owner and practitioner at Shoji Bridge Departure Doula. A cancer diagnosis when she was young helped Michelle develop a healthy view of death and dying, and attending her mother’s death led to her current passion for supporting people who are dying, for educating and advocating for death preparedness and death positivity. Michelle is a certified Doulagivers Specialist; a care consultant, elder care doula, departure end of life doula and certified laughter yoga/exercise leader. She is a member of the National End of Life Doula Alliance and a hospice volunteer. 

More about Shoji Bridge Departure Doula

Shoji Bridge offers compassionate professional education and companionship for you and your loved ones. We can educate you to lessen fear and stress during this time. We strive to give you back control over your death journey. For hundreds of years, our communities knew how to care for people who were dying.

Shoji Bridge exists to bring physical, emotional and spiritual support to those who are dying back into the home and the community again.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about departure doulas and for our code of ethics, scope of practice and more.

Certificates and specialties

Certified Care Consultant

Elder Care Doula

Laughing Yoga Leader

End of Life Doula

Grief Doula

Education and Experience

Volunteer, Amedisys Hospice, Southern Indiana
(2019 – 2021)

MIS, Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies
(2018, Indiana University Southeast)

BA, Communication Studies
(2011, Indiana University Southeast)

John-Kenyon Eye Center
(2004 – 2018)
Decades of healthcare support experience where she gained valuable insight and experience in listening and in addressing patient fears and uncertainty. 

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