Advanced Care Planning
It is said that planning is an act of love, or a gift for our loved ones and ourselves. When you create a clear plan, everyone involved in your care will be aware of your needs and wants. Reviewing what is in place, you will receive clarity to create what else is needed to ensure your wishes are honored. You can feel at ease everything will be taken care of that is important to you.
Many are choosing to transition at home, now there are many more options available, I would be pleased to discuss. I am available to vigil and guide others to support in a home death. Planning for how you envision your comfort at end of life, ensuring your wishes are honoured.
Grief and Loss
There is no universal way to cope with a loss of a loved one; however, sharing our thoughts and feelings, facts and fears, helps to provide a new sense of normal and understanding. We will work together to create a safe, caring and non-judgmental space that empowers you through each dynamic grief journey.
Terminal Illness Support
Even though our physical body may be declining and will not be able to provide a home for our soul any longer, forgiveness, deepening our love for self, creating peace with our mortality can bring profound healing at end of life. I am here to support grieving loved ones better understand the process, respecting decisions that you have been made.
Most people face difficult decisions at end of life. For some, understanding the options and resources can give them a sense of control. Open, honest heartfelt conversations are critical so that you can make informed decisions. I can facilitate those conversations with your loved ones and healthcare providers so that your wishes are known.
Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support
Perinatal loss is more than the loss of a baby; it’s the loss of a relationship. 25% of people living in Canada experience loss at some point in their expectant journey. A Doula provides emotional support, advice or comfort to an individual and their loved ones experiencing perinatal loss and the subsequent grief that follows.
Ceremony, Ritual & Funeral
Creating memorials and life celebrations at any point along the journey becomes more meaningful with the incorporation and focus of life review and legacy. We at the Comox Valley Death Doula Collective offer a fresh perspective on family history and stories allowing room for unique and one-of-a-kind events that capture the heart of a loved one.
Depending on where you are on your dynamic journey or how much support you have from loved ones, I am here to companion as needed. I will be there to support, listen, be in friendship, someone you can trust to hold confidentiality. Being a loving presence as you navigate this new way of living and providing calm in the chaos that may arise. Helping to navigate the expected and unexpected in illness and in death.
Our medical system is challenged, many times we are required to be our own advocate. In times of illness it can be difficult to do this and some may not have family support available. I will work with you to help navigate the system, advocating to ensure you receive the best care and respect you deserve. It is of the utmost importance to have all the options to make informed decisions and ensure your wishes are honoured.
Disclaimer ~ As a Death Doula, I refrain from offering medical or legal advice. All decisions are yours to make, and my role is to offer support to ensure your desires and preferences are adhered to. I work in tandem with your care team and hold you as a friend and/or your representatives, responsible for actions regarding end of life choices. Personal preferences aside, my support is emotional and spiritual in nature, and guidance offered is thus kept to us ❤