End of Life Support
Support for a gentle death requires preparation
End of Life Counseling provides deep support and guidance for those who are dying so they may experience a gentle death. For family and friends, after the passing of a loved one it, working with a death doula provides an opportunity to release the trauma and pain of loss and grief as well as guidance for the days to come.
Each persons needs and situation are different. Through this work, I offer individualized support to meet the needs specific to your situation. This can include palliative care assessment and logistical support, managing a support team before, during and after death, and having a hand to hold as you and your family navigate this transition time.
What kind of support you can expect
Assessing palliative care needs and options going forward
5 Wishes Living Will, covering your personal, emotional and spiritual needs as well as your ongoing medical wishes
Building a support team of community, friends, and family
Helping you get clear on what it is you need to say
Addressing fears about dying
Navigating help and planning arrangements for the burial
Organization and support setting up a group goodbye scenario for family and friends
Recommendations on how to make the person who is dying most comfortable
Continued support before, during, and after death
"In October of 2019 you gave my Mom, who was dying , a "distant" Reiki treatment. You also gave me a treatment. I am so sorry I have not reached out to you sooner. My Mom did, thank goodness, have a peaceful death surrounded but her loved ones at home. Thank you so much Kate."
MM / MA
“I didn’t go looking for the subject of death and dying it found me. That’s how it happens to all of us I think. My mothers stroke lead to a diagnosis of terminal lung disease. She got her speech and movement back but we all lost the illusion that life is forever.
The bravest thing I ever did was to ask her how she wanted to live with the knowledge that her life was now in the countdown mode. I committed that I would defend her choices and if necessary push the rest of the world to respect them. Together we chose to be open… To discuss with family and friends that she was dying. Her mantra became “I am not afraid of dying; I just don’t want to go to soon.” The next 22 months were some of the hardest and most exhilarating of my life. The grief was enormous; the physical and emotional strain ever-present. we made decisions together those were the best years of our relationship, as odd as that surely sounds.
During this time I met Rick also spoke openly about death and dying. Our mutual interest in the topic expanded into a warm and wonderful friendship with he and his wife Diane. As ricks illness progressed, the sense of urgency to push for a gentler way of dying grew exponentially. TeamRicky was born and continues to this day: just a bunch of people loved Ric and are brave enough to talk out loud about death and dying. Nice people. All smart people. No celebrities or billionaires. Just a bunch of folks who think that Dianne can provide surprising opportunities to live more fully.”
PN / Artisan Jeweler / Rye NH