Catherine Durkin Robinson (she/her): Owner and End-of-Life Doula*
Catherine grew up in the Catholic community of Tampa, acting in local theatre and endorsing progressive politics. In her twenties, Catherine converted to Judaism. In a career spanning thirty years, she has organized for movements that helped to end apartheid and cosmetic testing on animals, start community recycling, support freedom fighters in Ireland, restore voting rights to felons, shut down animal exploitation at circuses, protect a woman’s right to choose and pass common sense gun laws.
She and her husband raised two sons surrounded by friends and family in Tampa. During this time, Catherine also organized for the Democratic Party, taught high school social studies in Hillsborough County School District, and wrote syndicated columns for Creative Loafing and The Tampa Tribune. She led the advocacy movement for education equity in Florida and around the country at Step Up For Students.
Her work is influenced by the many people she’s met traveling all over the United States, Ireland and Israel. She’s also lived in places as diverse as Scranton, Buffalo, Tampa, Boston, Colorado Springs and Chicago.
Catherine holds a history and political science degree from University of South Florida and recently graduated from The University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula Program. She is a member of National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. Catherine has logged over 100 volunteer hours with Seasons Hospice and LifePath Hospice. Catherine also completed the LGBTQ+ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training through Metro Inclusive Health. Catherine has experience leading funeral services and death rituals for Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and Humanist traditions.
She is the death doula-in-residence at Segal Funeral Home in Tampa and Diaspora Psychedelic Society in Jamaica. The rest of the year, she is an itinerant doula working as a solo practitioner in Tampa, Chicago, and the world at large.
In her spare time, Catherine enjoys yoga, meditation, running and cycling.
She is fully vaccinated, background-checked and fingerprinted through Care.com and hospice. She is also registered with the state of Florida to provide pre-need funeral services.