I am a Companion for people who are facing their own death or the death of a loved one with the aim of having a Good Death. My career has been as an interpreter for the Deaf and in many other roles in the field of communication. I am also a Singer, a Caretaker, a Cat Whisperer, and loving Wife, Daughter, Sibling, Aunt, Niece, Cousin, and Friend.
Holding Space - listening deeply Creating Legacy and Death Plans Vigil planning and implementation
INELDA Training, May 2019 Institute for the Study of Birth Breath and Death BA, Muhlenberg , 1991
What inspired you to get into this line of work?
Before I became a doula there were nine times I had been with people I care about as they died. And in those times I found myself emptying out so that what those people and their loved ones needed flowed through me very naturally. My relationship with death and comfort with the dying are part of my calling as a Death Companion. It has been my profound honor to walk with the dying and those they love on that final journey.
What's one piece of insight you wish all families knew?
You have the right to choose. Each life is finite, and you may decide how your ending will be.
What excites you most about working with Addio families?
It gives me great pleasure to not only educate and share what a doula does, but also find new places my skill set can dovetail with the needs of those facing End of Life issues. I am especially interested in expanding accessibility in the field of Death Care, working with doulas and interpreters to facilitate inclusion of the Deaf, and using video and other technology to help those far away be part of the process.
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