"This is the work my soul must have." Dr. Martin Luther King has put words to my feelings of becoming an End of Life Doula! Being a retired teacher with three adult daughters living out of state, I have pursued my passion of helping those facing their final act of living. My goal is to provide educational, emotional and spiritual support to families. This will ultimately lead to less anxiety, fear, and frustration.Focus can be placed on the LOVE that is present and the LOVE that will continue!
"You seemed to appear to me just at the right time, with the right words when I needed comfort the most. I could express my feelings to you in trust."
Offer gentle, nonjudgemental support and guidance to families who have a loved one at end of life
Licenses / Certifications
INELDA (International End-of-Life Doula Association)
Retired Teacher of 33 years Caregiver serving in Comfort Care Homes Hospice volunteer
What inspired you to get into this line of work?
Several years ago mother was under Hospice care and dying from cancer. I felt helpless not knowing what to do or how to help as she spent her final days on this earth. I researched online and struggled to find specific things we should be looking for or ways to help during her precious remaining time with us. Although Hospice came in, my sister and I were there for her night and day. I am grateful that we were present as she took her final breath; which changed my life's purpose forever!
What's one piece of insight you wish all families knew?
Hospice has changed the world!Yet sometimes it still isn't enough to handle the needs some families are now facing.Many are caregivers to family that they love who are in their final act of living.They are doing the best they can in a horrible stressful situation.There are several things that can be done during this difficult time that can help ease the frustration and sense of helplessness that is often felt.With loving guidance and support a doula can help reduce suffering at the end of life!
What excites you most about working with Addio families?
I believe the end of life deserves as much beauty, care, and respect as the beginning. Through open conversations and communication, it is my hope to empower the family with specific ways to help guide their loved one on their journey. Doulas are the gap fillers, the bridge makers, the advocates, and the planners that will guide people from one phase of life to another! It is my hope to bring deeper meaning and greater comfort to the dying process by ensuring an atmosphere of peace and calm.
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