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but pain isn’t inevitable, suffering isn’t necessary and we have the ability to define how our death journey unfolds if we talk about it, plan for it, tell those we love our wishes and embrace the time we are assured of – today – to say, to do and to experience all the things that are most important to us.
Talking about death and dying won’t hasten its approach but it will shift how you think about it, how you feel about it.
Conscious Acts of Love was formed from my desire to make death, and conversations about death, conscious acts of love within our communities – families caring for families, neighbors supporting each other and communities growing stronger by holding each other and honoring the sacredness of death. This is as it was meant to be – not a medicalized process but a collective event where there is comfort in the familiar, dignity and truth in the dying process and a witnessing of loss, an expression of love by those who come around to hold each other through the transition and grief – while at the same time remembering the joy and love that is the person who is dying.
I have been called to this work.
Death Doulas are non-medical, trained professionals who provide spiritual, emotional, physical, and practical support for dying people, their loved ones, and their chosen caregivers as they prepare for and navigate through their end-of-life.
You may have heard other names for this kind of comfort care – Soul Midwife, Community Death Care Advocate, Death-walker, End-Of-Life Coach, or Dying Guide. Regardless of the name, we are members of your community who come around you, who honor your wishes, and give you comfort as you near your transition. This is often a time when those closest to you may be overwhelmed with apprehension of loss and grief, and they may struggle to be present during this part of life. A Death Doula helps to fill the “care gap” between medical teams and your chosen caregivers by providing comfort and compassionate care to you and to everyone who is walking this journey with you. We bear witness to the sacredness of death, and with dignity, trust in the death process as it uniquely unfolds for you.
Most of us don’t want to imagine a world without us in it. Hoping for the best may feel better, may seem like the easier option… Until it’s in front of you or someone you love.
You’re here because you believe, you hope, that I might be of service – to support, advocate, hold and honor you or someone you love where you are, in a place where this final transition has become reality.
I will be your advocate, your guide and your support as your experience in this space unfolds. I will hold you and be present with you through your journey.
What Matters Most To You? This is it, this is the big question. With curiosity and conversation in a brave space – you’ll find the answers you may not have known you were looking for.
The options are endless. Whether 1:1 or groups – small or large, family or friends, community, professional or educational gatherings – I am available to start the conversation about death.