I grew up in south Texas and remained to raised my twin boys here following the death of their father, to surrounded them with family as they were not yet 2-years old.
Following the death of my late husband, I found comfort in volunteering in the oncology department of our local children’s hospital. I was soon accepted into a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) Program, a year-long training, to become a Hospital Lay Chaplain.
Years later I began a Grief Coaching practice having trained with the Institute of Life Coach Training (ILCT). There being so many kinds of grief, my professional focus was the grief that accompanies the loss of a loved one.
In 2018 I studied with The International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), the organization at the forefront of the end-of-life movement, and the only one currently requiring a practicum to become a Certified End-of-Life Doula.
I simply do not believe we have to die in fear or carry the weight of regret. And those who care for their loved ones, need not suffer emotional exhaustion and confusion.
It matters not to me one’s chosen faith, if any, one’s sexual preference, or the color of one’s skin. What is important to me is being who my late husband and I did not have.