Welcome to the Farewell Fellowship website! My name is Jade Adgate and I am the creator and doula behind Farewell Fellowship. My interest in end-of-life care originated over a decade ago when I studied death and dying in America as part of a course on Health Care Ethics. After finishing my degrees in Business (LSU) and Philosophy (UNO), I turned toward caregiving my growing family and also caregiving an aging family member, who died in hospice care and gave me a first-hand look at what it means to age and die in America today. I began serving as a hospice volunteer in 2019 (Alive Hospice) and also started to visit seniors at long-term care facilities, hospitals and homes across Nashville as part of a church ministry. Working with almost a hundred seniors across the greater Nashville area was the most meaningful and motivating work of my life and highlighted the need for both seniors and the dying to have an additional layer of support in the twilight of their journeys.
In January of 2020, I attended INELDA training in New York City and began my professional work as an End-of-Life Doula (EOLD). Although COVID drastically changed the way I am able to practice this work, my role as an EOLD has become increasingly and obviously more needed than ever. I am proud to be a part of the movement to transform dying in America, bringing death positive conversations to our community space by fostering open dialogue about death and the end-of-life process, providing hands-on and virtual care to members of the community and advocating for all to have equal access to the best care possible. I am also glad to assist others aiming to become a part of the end-of-life support community and am always happy to answer questions. Thanks for visiting this page and I hope to meet you soon.