Part of My Story
I grew up in south Texas and while I have called other places home, I raised my children here following the death of their father to be surrounded by family. Remarrying a few years ago, I continue to live here because of what the coast offers us.
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.
A few years ago, I discovered an interest in the practice of Coaching and trained with the Institute of Life Coach Training (ILCT). After completing the required core classes for certification, I decided to focus on the specific study of Grief Coaching where it aligns with individuals diagnosed with terminal illness, and their caregivers.
My journey soon led me to End of Life Doula work, and I gained training under the tutelage of Henry Fersko-Weiss, author of Caring for the Dying, and his partners who founded The International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).
I am deeply passionate about normalizing the narrative around death, and companioning individuals through their own dying journey. It matters not to me one’s chosen faith, if any, one’s sexual preference, or the color of their beautiful skin. What is important to me is honoring another person’s final choices.
Other interests of mine include camping, hiking and reading. I hold dear a meditation and yoga practices, as they help me live a more centered and mindful life…one day at a time…mistakes and all.
International End of Life Doula Association INELDA
Certified End of Life Doula
Institute of Life Coach Training
The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death
Holding Space: On Loving, Dying and Letting Go
National End of Life Doula Alliance
Nueces Co. Memorial Hospital
Clinical Pastoral Education Hospital Chaplain
University of the Incarnate Word
Bachelor of Science Psychology