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Catherine Durkin Robinson (she/her): Owner and End-of-Life Doula at Anitya Doula Services in Chicago.*

Catherine grew up in the Catholic community of Tampa. She acted in local theatre and endorsed progressive politics. In her twenties, Catherine then converted to Judaism.

In a career spanning thirty years, she organized for movements to end apartheid and cosmetic testing on animals. She organized community recycling and supported freedom fighters in Ireland. Catherine also worked to restore voting rights to felons and to shut down animal exploitation at circuses. She continues to fight for a woman’s right to choose and for common sense gun laws as well.

She and her husband raised two sons surrounded by friends and family in Tampa. During this time, Catherine also organized for the Democratic Party. She taught high school social studies in Hillsborough County School District. Afterwards, she wrote syndicated columns for Creative Loafing and The Tampa Tribune. She then led the movement for education equity in Florida and around the country at Step Up For Students.

In 2022, she relocated to the Lakeview East area of Chicago.

Catherine holds a history and political science degree from University of South Florida. More recently, she also graduated from The University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula Program.

She is a member of National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. Additionally, Catherine has logged over 100 volunteer hours with Seasons Hospice and LifePath Hospice. She also completed the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Training through Metro Inclusive Health.

Catherine leads funeral services and death rituals for Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist and Humanist traditions.

Furthermore, she is the death doula-in-residence at Diaspora Psychedelic Society in Jamaica. The rest of the year, Catherine is a private doula working in 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. This is through Care.com and Seasons Hospice.

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