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What I do:

As an End of Life Doula, I will educate, empower, and advocate for my clients and their families. I companion my clients, hold space for their journey, witness their stories, and provide support before, during, and after the death process. I work alongside caregivers and medical professionals to restore the sacredness and human touch needed during this important time. I will create a personalized care plan to tend to my clients dignity, senses, and values while cultivating peace, acceptance and providing emotional comfort.

I will be there to support my client’s loved ones as well; giving respite from bedside vigil, providing resources, comfort, and companionship throughout the entire journey.

I believe end of life care planning should not be left until the last minute; I can assist with Advanced Care Plans that will bring comfort and confidence, knowing that your wishes will be honored.

I will be an objective, dedicated presence to assist with legacy work, respite, sitting vigil, exploring and addressing emotions, things unspoken, and wishes.

I can guide clients through their grief from the death of a loved one, a sudden death, or the death of a pet, with a ritual or ceremony personalized to best support you and honor your loved ones.

I aim to cultivate acceptance, remove fear, and reclaim sacredness, values, and traditions to the end of life experience.

Who I am:

I have called many places around Canada (and South Korea) home.

Currently, home is in Chase, B.C., Canada.

One of my favourite opportunities here was building and caring for a farm with my husband. We raised over 60 chickens, sheep, ducks, geese, and turkeys, and named each and every one of them (and remembered who is who!), and, of course, our parrots, cats, dogs and even a few reptiles.

Aside from spending time with my animals; reading, writing, sipping coffee, and creating art of many mediums are among my favourite things to fill my days with. One of the best parts of living in British Columbia is the rain. Sitting on the covered porch during a rainstorm staring at the mountains soothes my soul. My happy place is standing by a telescope, watching the stars.

I have served in many roles; a Cemetery Director, a Peace Officer, and a 911 Dispatcher/Operator. Now, I am an End of Life Doula. I feel it is my calling to be a helper, and I seek to companion clients and their loved ones throughout this important, delicate, and transitional time.

Why the Red Door:

As a small child, I needed a safe space for myself, and looked within. I imagined a forest clearing with willow trees, a small flowing creek, wildflowers everywhere, and a red door leaning against the largest of the trees. The sun trickled in through the trees as the lazy creek sang it’s song. I’d close my eyes and feel the sun on my face, listen to the creek, and feel the softness of the grass.

This was my safe space, and I visited often. Now, as an End of Life Doula, this is the space I bring my clients to during guided meditation.

The door symbolizes a passage, a warm welcome, and the embracing of life’s natural cycles.

The red door is an invitation to open up to vulnerability, self-compassion, and discovery.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an End of Life Doula?

Also known as Death Doulas or Soul Midwives, an End of Life Doula is someone who has been called to serve those nearing the end of their lives. They are a steady, calm, and objective presence; providing emotional support, resources, education, and companionship. End of Life Doulas aim to provide their clients with a peaceful and meaningful death, without judgment or imposed beliefs.

What does an End of Life Doula do?

As an End of Life Doula, I will educate, empower, and advocate for my clients and their families. I companion my clients, hold space for their journey, witness their stories, and provide support before, during, and after the death process. I work alongside caregivers and medical professionals to restore the sacredness and human touch needed during this important time. I will create a personalized care plan to tend to my clients dignity, senses, and values while cultivating peace, acceptance and providing emotional comfort.

I will be there to support my client’s loved ones as well; giving respite from bedside vigil, providing resources, comfort, and companionship throughout the entire journey.

What will an End of Life Doula NOT do?

1. Perform any medical responsibilities such as but not limited to: administering medication, physically assisting patient movements, making medical decisions, or speaking to medical or care staff on behalf of clients/caregivers.

2. Provide legal services or advice.

3. Provide professional psychological care or advice.

**Clients will be encouraged to express their thoughts, questions, and concerns to the appropriate professionals through coaching, counseling, and support.

How do I choose the right Doula for me?

It is so important to find the right Doula for YOU. You should feel confident and comfortable with them, as they will be one of many supporting you through this very important and transitional time. If you’ve found a Doula you connect with, fantastic. If you’ve found a Doula you do not connect with, that is okay – there are online directories and resources available to find the right one for you and your loved ones. (And please do not feel bad; any Doula would want what is best for you, even if it means not working with them.) Red Door Doula Services offers a free 30-minute “Meet and Greet” session; contact us by email or phone to book yours.

What is the cost?

The fee schedule is as follows:

  • Introductory Session — COMPLIMENTARY
  • Initial Consultation — $250
  • Pre-planning Package — $350
  • End-of-Life Services — $95/hour with several packages available;
    • 10-hour package: $760, savings of $190
    • 20-hour package: $1615, savings of $285
    • Vigil package: $75/hour for the first 10 hours.
  • One-hour Reiki Therapy Session — $80
  • One-hour Life Coaching Session — $80
  • One-hour Spiritual Counseling Session — $80
  • One-hour Griefwork Session — $80

Mission Statement

To empower people to speak openly about death, and to make the decisions necessary for each individual’s end of life care and wishes.

To companion the dying and bereaved with the highest quality of care.

To advocate for clients and their loved ones.

To personalize each encounter specifically to your values, beliefs, and wishes, to the best of my ability.

To educate the community about death, dying, and grief, and what an End of Life Doula can provide to the community.

To hold space for those who need it.

To not judge based on medical condition, sexual orientation, or spiritual beliefs.

To serve clients and their loved ones with honesty, compassion, and professionalism.

To continue learning and growing in my profession.

I adhere to the End of Life Doula Association of Canada’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.