“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on”

-Havelock Ellis

What is a Grief & Mourning Guide

A Grief & Mourning Guide companions another through a forest they themselves are familiar with.

Grief is the lump in our throats, the sleepless nights, the lack of appetite. It is what happens within our bodies in reaction to sorrow. Mourning is what we outwardly do with that. It’s the endowment we set up in a loved ones name, the tree we plant on a special anniversary, the tears we shed without shame.

I am a Certified Grief Educator and Guide. I serve those who wish to navigate the sometimes dense forest of grief. Those who are ready to discover how to live forward, with the complexities of loss.

To rest now and then, in the crack of the wound is to know it’s depth…to remember the love that is the counterbalance of the sorrow. In this way you honor the person who has died, and given yourself permission to authentically feel.

‘Grief is work. Avoiding grief is even more work.’  -David Kessler

What is an End of Life Doula?

A Doula often serves one client at a time, providing non-medical, holistic, emotional, and spiritual support for individuals living with a terminal diagnosis, no matter the immediate prognosis. Sometimes individuals need an alliance with someone who can help them break scary news to their family or share how they want to proceed.

A Doula can begin an important relationship with someone facing their mortality at any time during the journey.

As one begins to decline they fill in the gaps left by chaplains, social workers, palliative-care teams and hospice services who have so many other responsibilities.

As an End-of-Life Doula I try to return a sense of the sacred to a process that has become more medicalized. Through meaning-directed life review and insight into the dying process, there can be a difference in how everyone involved experiences the final journey of life here.

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”

- Emily Dickinson