Ann Simmons holding cat

About Ann Simmons

Ann Simmons is a certified end of life doula with years of experience as a chaplain in health care and volunteer with hospice care. She has always been a caring companion for people who are going through difficult life transitions, “listening with the ear of the heart.”

An inspirational moment occurred for her when Toby Campbell, a top palliative care doctor in WI, called out to her, “Chaplain! You need to understand the space between to be a good chaplain.”

This is how my services earned the name, The Space Between.

I understand “the space between” to be more than just between life and death. Inclusivity and meeting people where they are is key to my compassionate work.

End of Life Doula Credentials

  • Certified as a Death Doula

  • Companion Animal End of Life Doula

  • Candidate for Masters in Pastoral Care, Loyola University

  • 6 units of Clinical pastoral education (CPE) from UnityPoint Health, Meriter Hospital

  • Experienced chaplain with extensive experience in hospital chaplaincy and pastoral care

  • Experienced in palliative care, neonatal, emergency chaplaincy and adult psychiatric chaplaincy

  • Lifelong learner seeking to incorporate educational background and corporate experience

  • Knowledgeable in leading and participating in 12-Step discussions

  • Benedictine Oblate – Holy Wisdom Monastery, Madison, Wisconsin