It is never too early nor a bad time to contemplate one's death. A death doula (also known as end-of-life doula/midwife/coach) assists people in finding meaning, creating a legacy project, and planning for the final passage.
A doula cannot remove suffering but she can help soften it by guiding you and your loved ones in creating a vigil, ritual, and ceremony. The role of a death doula also includes education and empowerment of families to exercise their innate right to care for their own loved one.
The role of a death doula can include helping with planning funerals and memorial services, as well as guiding mourners in the realization of their rights and responsibilities. In recent years, the practice of natural interment (green burial) has made a comeback along with other, more environmentally sensitive options such as water cremation and recomposting.
My desire is to support you as you plan for a good death, either your own or your loved one. With years of experience in the hospice field, as well as mindful death practices, my individualized and death-positive approach will help you attain a deeper connection with nature through the sacred transition from life to death.
As a professionally trained and experienced end-of-life doula, home funeral guide, hospice volunteer and mindfulness instructor, I have the tools and understanding to help you to create the green death you imagine and get a renewed sense of life.
Creating a green death plan is a gift to yourself, your family and the world that is easier with social support. My commitment is to provide you with accepting, knowledgeable and gentle assistance during this time of transition.
This is my story of how a life threatening brain tumor taught me not only how to accept and embrace death, but also how to truly live life.
You will be able to talk about your mortality in a supportive setting so that you feel like you have a personalized plan for your future.
You will get clearer on what is important to you as you picture a good death so you can communicate with your family and friends with more confidence.
You will identify what matters to you and your loved ones regarding your material possessions so that you do not feel like you are adding to their pain of losing you.
You will prepare for the care of your dead body and remains with eco-friendly methods so that you do not burden your loved ones and future generations.
You will create a plan for your physical health while dying so that you can reduce fears about a painful death.
You will learn about eco-
friendly options for body dispositions so you can feel joyful about giving back to
Adding more Nature to death and dying looks different for everyone.
Here is a representative (but not exhaustive) list of services I offer:
Besides green death plans, I also offer guidance and support (where legal) with Medical Aid In Dying (MAID) and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED).
I offer my services on a sliding scale based on ability to pay. Based on comparable death doula services, hourly rates can range from $30 to $150/hour.
If you are interested and/or think we would be a good fit, please email me email@example.com.
In the event that I am unavailable to help you, I will try to connect you with another doula colleague in my network
Learn more about green burials, water cremation/alkaline hydolysis/aquamation, eco-friendly memorial products, and natural organic reduction (NOR)