END-OF-LIFE CONSULTANT/DEATH DOULA
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME
Up Close & Personal
After many years in the financial planning industry and education, I have decided to dedicate my life to helping those who are facing end-of-life and all that entails. From Advanced Care Planning for the future to a dignified plan for a person's final days, I help make these easier for the individual who may be dying and the family and friends surrounding them.
What I Do
ADVANCED CARE PLANNING
What happens if I get a serious illness?
In British Columbia, there are many things to consider if you have a life-threatening, life-altering, or terminal diagnosis. It is helpful to think about these things in advance and conversations surrounding these choices are very helpful BEFORE they occur.
Plan the time you have left.
When end-of-life becomes a medical certainty, the question of how you will spend your time may be a little overwhelming. I can help you prepare for the final hours, days, weeks, or months, to make sure your final wishes are respected and you have the kind of death you wish to have.
Coping with loss
When someone dies, it is often difficult to predict how we will feel and how we will cope with the loss. Many attempts have been made to help people understand the grief process. But essentially, it is unique to each person and there is no scripted playbook. Support for grieving loved ones is an important role of the death doula.
Why I do this
I have suffered through traumatic loss of close friends as a child and teenager. I have had close friends who have not been able to bear the weight of their world who have chosen to end their own lives. I have friends who have chosen MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying), relatives who have been through terminal illness, and sat at the side of those whose bodies have reached the end of their duty.
In 2022, I took an interest in formally learning more about being a death doula. I became a supporting member of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada and engaged in all of their activities, seminars, special speakers, and information sessions.
In the spring of 2023, I was finally able to enrol and complete the End-of-Life Doula course offered at Douglas College, one of the premiere places in Canada to study. I have spent the months since completing the course learning more about actually being a doula, educating myself more about the death process and connecting with my friends and family about the services I will offer.
It is now the right time for me to go forward and help others in the preparations for and process of dying.
As a financial planner, I had to help individuals and families plan for their futures. I learned intimate details of their lives helped prioritize decisions regarding their financial well-being then and on into the future.
As a teacher, I was helping the young and old prepare for their futures in a different way. Analyzing priorities, determining best courses of actions based on needs analysis, these have been consistent themes in my life.
I want to bring what I have learned through my own life's experiences and my education to help you or someone you know through some of the toughest choices we will make in our lives.
James Bay, Victoria, BC