Using Embodied Labs to Support End-of-Life Education

Patty wearing headset

The following post is authored by Patty Burgess and Sheila Schultz who are end-of-life doula trainers. Learn more about the amazing work they do every day at They came to Penn Libraries to demo Embodied Labs’ immersive training experiences.

Patty wearing headset

As hospice volunteer and end-of-life doula trainers, we are passionate about helping to facilitate peaceful, coordinated care for patients and their families. Patty was awestruck as she “entered the body” of a male cancer patient and experienced what it might feel like from initial diagnosis through death and beyond!  

Wearing headset 2

Sheila, while embodying an Alzheimer’s patient, made profound connections to the current daily interactions with her 93-yr-old mother. The Embodied Labs experience we had at Penn Libraries energized us to include VR in our training programs with confidence going forward. An enthusiastic thank you to David and Kim, who were the consummate hosts for our first immersive VR experience!

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