A doula is an assistant who provides emotional and practical support during a life transition.
In the case of dying,
we provide planning and coaching support early in a diagnosis, vigil support during the active dying phase, and follow-up support for loved ones three to eight weeks after the death.
Each of our Doulas have fulfilled the certification requirements established by their training organizations.
All are insured.
We provide accessible and personal support tailored to your unique circumstance.
Doula services are designed to help you and your family feel more confident, calm and connected. There is no blue-print for dying; we will help you navigate this complex process.
As Doulas, we provide loved ones and caregivers, as well as the person approaching end-of-life, with non-medical support, respite, resources and a dedicated shoulder to lean on.
From initial, informational phone call to planned ritual after the final breath, from creating a legacy project from what you treasure and assisting in lightening your material load, an end-of-life doula brings HEART to your end of life planning and experience.
"If you realize that you have the need for reassurance on life and tender loving company, ask Christine to come into your home and your heart. Christine will help you understand the kind, soft workings of your being. She will let you open up and make you feel good about yourself. Christine is an absolute blessing that you will be thankful to share." -testamonial written by hospice patient NB 9/2016
Letter writing is a straight-forward, meaningful way to provide a legacy element for your family. Taking half an hour to work with an end of life doula to create a personal letter to a loved one is time well spent for both the writer and the family member. Leaving your thoughts, big or small, personal, philosophical or faith based, for family members to engage with over and over allows relationships to deepen, even after your death. It also eases end of life anxiety, knowing you've said your piece.
With this special offer, you can dictate a letter over the phone that will be hand written on plain stationary and mailed to the address you designate. Gentle prompting and questioning will guide you in expressing your feelings if this is challenging for you.
A copy of the letter will be mailed to you upon request.
This is a perfect gift to give to a family member facing a terminal diagnosis. It's also a great gift for your aging family members who may be challenged with the physical aspects of writing.
Please schedule via phone or message.
Cost: 30 minute call- $45
60 minute call- $90
EOL Doulas are an excellent complement to hospice.
We are different in that we can provide:
- support before a terminally ill patient enters hospice.
- longer periods of support time during transition and active dying.
- support to patients who access Death with Dignity.
- more availability than either chaplains or social workers which allows us to do things with more depth and continuity.
- vigil planning and legacy work. More time allows us to do our work in a focused, intentional and calm way.
- assistance making a legacy project concrete, not just a concept.
- guided visualization work. This is complementary to medicine and specific to the dying individual.
- support in an individual’s private home, retirement/care home or hospital.
-family and doula follow-up meetings 4-8 weeks after the death.