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Doula for the dying, LLC

OFFERING CONNECTED SUPPORT AT YOUR DYING TIME.

What's an end-of-life doula?

 

End-of-life doulas (or death doulas, death midwives, end-of-life coaches, thanadoulas, grief walkers) assist a dying individual and often their family before, during, and after a death occurs. Doulas provide emotional, psychological, and spiritual support.

About

ABOUT ME

My mom died when I was four. Having this early and intimate encounter with death is meaningful insofar as my own practice of death contemplation began in childhood...the awareness of mortality serving as a constant companion for the span of my life, its many layers unfolding over time. This lived experience tilled the soil to sow seeds of a life held gently, with gratitude, and capacity to hold hardship and joy simultaneously. In 2016, the work of the doula found me, and it became clear that I was to support others as they turn to face death, an endeavor I embarked upon with humble certitude.

One of my life's simple joys is making deep connections with others...my favorite perk that comes with working as a doula. My attuned intuition and flexible style help me bridge my clients and their families to a different experience of dying. I respond seamlessly to the unique and often changing needs that may surface in an intentional, creative, and aligned way. I come with no agenda; I show up with a simple promise to be of service at a tender time.

I work with my clients to co-create a safe and deeply human place from which to explore, process, grieve, open, connect, and unfold through one's dying time. I believe in creating everyday-sacred-places that can heal, generate, and open to love, even in the midst of profound loss. I help my clients connect deeply with their experience, while guiding and supporting their loved ones to remain present and open to what emerges. 

Being among the "first wave" of death doulas to have emerged in the Bay Area, I formed my private practice in 2019. As a natural connector, my network of medical practitioners, palliative care teams, hospices, elder care managers, grief therapists, bodyworkers, caregiving agencies, funeral homes, doulas, and more ensure that I can guide you to the best care available. I have trained dozens of new doulas in the Bay as they embark on their own journeys to support the dying and the constellation of care that surrounds them; my role as a trusted mentor is one I hold close to my heart.

I live with my family in Alameda -- a pinch-myself-lucky
Bay Area resident for nearly the last two decades. I am a staunch ally to BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. I am also a founding member of the Bay Area End of Life Doula Alliance (ELDA). Being a doula is my life's work and joy, and I'm so very honored to serve my community in this way.

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Education, Certification, and Memberships 

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How I Can Help 

You're navigating your way through a terminal diagnosis, whether it's your own or a loved one's. You're grateful to have the support of your medical team, likely your family and friends, perhaps a therapist, and possibly clergy, too. But you're sensing that you need a different kind of support, and you may not be certain what it is or what it could look like. Know that you're not alone in feeling this way.

 

I welcome you to learn about the ways that I can be of support.

 

 

 

 

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