A beloved client and me. She has since passed. Photo courtesy of photographer Logan Mock-Bunting and Joseph's House.

A beloved client and me. She has since passed. Photo courtesy of photographer Logan Mock-Bunting and Joseph's House.

DOULA TO THE AGING, ILL, LIVING & DYING

grounding, holistic support through difficult times; calm, experienced presence; support for individuals, families, caregivers & communities; empowerment & communication; bold pursuit of dreams at all stages of life

sliding scale pricing: I charge $200/4 hrs of service, and usually work in 4 hour chunks that we'll schedule together. I work with communities to make pricing work financially if my baseline cost is unaffordable.

{I'm committed to providing as much accessibility to my services as I can. Please contact me to discuss pricing options and care needs. Since the needs of every individual and family vary so much, we can work out a specific structure that provides the necessary services and not the unnecessary ones; at a price that works for both of us. Please don't hesitate to contact me, regardless of your financial situation.}

What is a doula for the aging, ill, living & dying? Please see FAQs & Resources.

Doula services may include:

  • companionship for individuals and loved ones at all stages of life: when aging, through illness, through times of uncertainty, through celebration, through grief and loss, through the end of life
  • accompaniment at home, in care facilities, around town, to appointments, traveling, activities
  • holding space during the processes of aging, through illness treatment and maybe through the active dying process; bringing a sense of ease, groundedness and experience to the room
  • listening deeply
  • developing caring relationships with, advocating for, and promoting ease for elders in care facilities when families are busy and/or far 
  • helping folks to parse out dreams at the end of life and before; and then pursuing them together, with fearlessness!
  • helping with mundane tasks that can allow time for families and communities to maximize quality time together
  • assisting families with rituals; fostering mindfulness and intentionality during life transitions; helping with funerals if needed
  • offering information about local resources, to support families in making informed decisions around aging, treatment plans for those experiencing illness, life & death decisions
  • showing up with an open mind and the flexibility to meet the needs at hand
  • consistent on-call support for individuals and their families; calm, dependable presence & if desired, facilitation with decision-making in emergencies
  • around-the-clock presence at the time of active dying
  • advocating skillfully, compassionately & fiercely within medical, social, religious, legal spheres
  • attentively getting to know folks' community, to be able to discern humbly how to respond in different situations
  • projects like life reviews, art, story recording, and other ways folks want to process and preserve a legacy
  • developing loving relationships in which individuals can feel truly seen
  • holding space for empowerment and decision-making, using mindfulness to keep my own reactivity and "internal agenda" at bay
  • spiritual support such as sharing in prayer or meditation, or creating & participating in rituals together
  • working in collaboration with other care providers, healthcare teams, hospice and families, to monitor care and symptoms
  • skilled physical care such as bathing, changing, lifting, aspects of daily living; teaching families "tricks of the trade" so loved ones can develop confidence providing care & advocating for themselves and loved ones
  • supporting the family so they can bathe and dress their loved one's body after death, with gentle and loving care
  • creating a physical atmosphere of tranquility
  • all my services are rooted in a foundation of presence above all else; whatever task is at hand--they are variant and unpredictable--I aim to do it with a kind, compassionate, open presence