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Mission

Our Mission is to provide awareness, education, support and programs to communities,  patients and their loved ones worldwide to ensure the most positive elder years and end of life process possible.

Vision

The vision of INDGF is to increase the availability and access to high quality eldercare and end of life care for patients and families throughout the world.

Meet Our Team

Suzanne B O'Brien
Suzanne B O'BrienPresident
Suzanne B. O’Brien is a registered nurse. She has worked most of her nursing career in hospice care and oncology care. Suzanne was immediately struck by this intense area of healthcare and the many gaps in education and support for both the patient and the loved ones. In 2008 Suzanne began offering free community educational seminars at her local library. These workshops taught families how to care for their loved ones at the end of life. This is ultimatley the concept of hospice care ( The nurse manages the care of the dying patient and teaches the family how to do the care). At the present state of time, this concept is far from successful. This is due to the overwhelming fear of death ( death is the 2nd leading fear in the US) and the late period of time that people actually go on hospice services. It was due to seeing this break in the system and the compounded amount of suffering it caused that fueled Suzanne’s passion to help teach families this life changing skill of how to care for their loved ones before they ever needed it. This training and concept proved so successful that Suzanne traveled to communities offering the free trainings and gave them on live webinars so that people around the world could attend.
In 2012, Suzanne went on a self paid volunteer hospice trip to Zimbabwe, Africa. This trip changed her life. The people of Zimbabwe are so lovely and did not have much in terms of material things or healthcare. The average age of life for a female is 42 years old. It was on this trip that Suzanne saw people being trained to “sit” with the person who was dying and “guide” them through the end of life journey. Without the luxury of medications and equipment, this concept was so effective. This reminded Suzanne of The Birthing “Doula” concept and when she came back to the US, The Doulagivers End of Life Doula Training was born.
Today, Suzanne B. O’Brien RN is the proud Founder and Creator of the award-winning program Doulagivers: End of Life Doula Training, Eldercare Doula Training, and Doulagiver Care Consultant Training. “Awarded Worldwide Leader In Healthcare” by the International Nurses Association for creating Doulagivers, she is also an end of life educator, consultant and author of the #1 International Bestselling book Creating Positive Passings & End of Life Doula Level 1 Caregiver Training (2015) — a guide to learning the invaluable skills of how to care for someone at the end of life.
Suzanne has always has always had a strong belief in charity and giving back. In high school at St. Jean Baptiste NYC Suzanne started The Hunger Club. In 1987 she volunteered for Northern Lights in NYC an organization that worked with infants afflicted by HIV and AIDS. In 1997, Suzanne Volunteered with The Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, NY. Mentoring a six year old girl ( Suzanne to this day has a close loving bond with her) and in 2010 she volunteered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters in the Hudson Valley. Suzanne believes that a little goes a long way and for those of us that are in positions where we can give back- it is so important to do so.

“We are all in this together. By being kind, compassionate and helping out our fellow brothers and sisters , we can make this world the best place it can possibly be”. Suzanne B. O’Brien RN

Ingrid Harrison
Ingrid HarrisonVice President
Ingrid has over 25+ years of business experience. Her parents were business owners, and she learned the importance of one on one customer service, work ethic, and family values from an early age. Having a diverse background in business led her to creating and operating her own personal service business, Affordable Personal Services and Pet Care, LLC. Ingrid is dedicated to being the voice for the voiceless. She offers book keeping, shopping/errands, cooking, services geared for the elderly and full service pet care. Ingrid’s background as a veterinary technician for 20 years, and having raised animals her entire life, lends expertise for pet services from Pocket Pets to Ponies. What makes Ingrid’s services unique is her passion for keeping elderly clients independent and safe in their homes, keeping them with their beloved pets, and overseeing the care when they can no longer care for them themselves. She knows the benefits of relationships people have with their pets, especially for the elderly, and end of life patients. Ingrid has volunteered with many types of people and animal organizations, been a board member for a non-profit, and organized various fund raising events.
Ingrid began caregiving with elderly family members in her twenties, with friend’s family members, and having a grandmother with Dementia. This began her journey while seeing the need for advocating in the nursing home and healthcare system for those that cannot speak for themselves. This led her to become a trained Hospice volunteer with her beloved therapy dog “Alex”, and in 2016 became a Certified End of Life Doula. An End of life Doulagiver gives Ingrid the opportunity to offer experience, and give direction/support with end of life choices, which goes in conjunction with Hospice Care. Ingrid enjoys living a healthy lifestyle with her pets on a small farm in New Haven County CT. She grew up in the area, and attended Paier College of Art.
Dawn Whelan
Dawn WhelanSecretary
Dawn has a Masters in Acquisition and Procurement Management with over fifteen years of experience in purchasing and contracting where she serves as a business advisor to the command staff and is a technical authority on various boards and committees advising on matters concerning personnel, resources, budget, and mission; applying knowledge of acquisition policies, regulations, negotiation techniques, and analysis as applicable from a federal contracting perspective. Several years ago she was faced with her own mortality which broadened her perspective on life, thus creating a desire to assist individuals with end of life options. She believed that coupling the two together, her professional experience and passion, could bring individuals a unique opportunity to pre-plan for friends and family. In 2014 she founded My Last Gift which affords individuals the opportunity to show those they cherish that their love is infinite beyond the physical boundaries of life. She offers end-of-life education, planning, and posthumous services. Dawn serves as a hospice volunteer throughout Hartford and Tolland Counties in Connecticut. She has trained to become a certified End Of Life Doula, and Care Consultant through the award winning Doulagivers® program. She has additionally trained with Henry Fersco-Weiss founder of International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA), and completed a certificate in End-of-Life through Allegra. Dawn had the incredible opportunity to live abroad for almost seven years where she traveled throughout Europe immersing herself in the culture; experiencing incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres. She has a deep respect and appreciation for various cultures and traditions globally
Dawn has been involved with various organizations over the years: American Rat Terrier Association, Pawzatively Canine, East Granby Cemetery Association, American Legion, East Granby Veterans Group, Italian Benefit Society Woman’s Auxiliary, and One Last Gift.
Nathalie Bonafe
Nathalie BonafeTreasurer
Nathalie has 25 years of experience conducting collaborative biomedical research in various environments, from the National Institutes of Health to Yale Medical School, and for the last 12 years in the biotech industry. Native of France, Nathalie earned her BS, MS and Ph.D. in Biology and Health and Molecular Biology from the University of Montpellier, France. She moved to the United States in 1994 and since then has progressed through a series of research positions in molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, oncology, inflammatory and infectious diseases, vaccines, assay development, and drug design with a focus on the structure-function relationship of biological complexes. For the last 10 years of her biomedical career, Nathalie was specifically involved in early pre-clinical development of vaccines, immunotherapies, and therapeutics targeting brain cancer, breast cancer, and flavivirus encephalitis. She contributed to Small Business Innovative Research grant writing, project management, and hands-on problem-solving. Nathalie has also been a landlady for 15 years, and runs with her husband a family business emphasizing community, mutual respect and trust. In October 2016, Nathalie created her own small business practice, A Gentler Parting, LLC in New Haven, where she offers Care Consulting and End-of-life Educational services. Nathalie’s diverse professional and cultural experiences has given her a unique perspective on how to work with and support the work of compassionate educators dedicated to making the end-of-life more about life and love than death.
Over the years Nathalie got involved in several New Haven-based not-for-profit organizations serving diverse groups: Casa Otoñal (Elderly), New Haven Land Trust (Community garden), the Social Communication Foundation (Autistic Youth) and Solar Youth (Underprivileged Youth, foundraising). She has been an active member and secretary of her neighborhood Association (aka Chatham Square Neighborhood Association).

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If you light a lamp for someone; it will also brighten your path ~ Budda. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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