I decided to become an End-of-Life Doula about a year after the unexpected death of my older sister. I was no stranger to death by that time, having survived my sister’s twin, who died suddenly when I was 25, both my father and my mother, and several close friends and relatives.
Death is the one thing that is guaranteed to happen, and each of us will encounter grief many times during our lives. My experience has been that most of us do not know how to talk about death, let alone plan for it, whether it be our own or that of someone we hold dear. I want to open the conversation about the one thing that every single one of us will experience.
How do we die peacefully? How do we make sure all our affairs are in order so that our loved ones may not be burdened? How do we prepare for and experience death in a way that allows us and our loved ones to live our best lives?
At Cross With Care, it is my mission to use my experience, expertise, and tools to help you create a comprehensive End-of-Life plan that allows you and your loved ones to have a peaceful and dignified experience, safe in the knowledge that the wishes of the dying are honored and that those left behind are supported in every way possible.
I am trained to guide and offer care for you and your family before, during, and after death. Before death, I provide resources for end of life preparation, including Advance Directive, estate planning, education for those with long term illness or dementia, and support for caregivers. I can help with anticipatory grief and with spiritual guidance in preparation for the experience of death. During, I am able to assist at bedside to create a clearer understanding of the dying process and to help minimize fear and anxiety. After the death, I can guide loved ones through after-death care and can provide bereavement support.
I am a qualified, insured End-of-Life Doula, and I have earned the Proficiency Badge with the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA). I have also completed the Intensive Grief Training with Our House Grief Support Center. I’m a hospice volunteer. Additionally, I am a professional yoga educator and am able to teach meditation and pain-relieving techniques.