Lyn Heynen - End Of Life Doula

Completed Training: 2017

Other Modalities: Reiki, Access Bars, Dementia specific support

I offer person centred, professional, non-medical, aged care services; to bridge the gap, and ensure our elders and family/significant others, including those experiencing dementia, are informed and empowered regarding all care and choices before and after death. When faced with our own or a loved one’s dementia diagnosis, entry into residential aged care or approaching death, we often struggle to talk about what is happening and how we feel about it. Our feelings of uncertainty, and anticipatory losses can add to our grief to make us feel overwhelmed and helpless. It doesn’t have to be like that. While they can often be bewildering and difficult times, they can also be a demonstration of strength, dignity and peace. I can support you and/or your family/significant others at these times. My role is not to tell anyone what to do; but to support, guide and assist; and provide information and options, so choices that are right for the individual and those they care about are made. This approach will ensure everyone has the means within them and the support around them to confidently navigate these situations with strength, dignity and peace. I was initially inspired to do this work when working as an enrolled nurse, where I developed an interest and passion for aged care, particularly dementia and end of life care. I then supported my father to care for my mother, who lived with Alzheimer’s for 12 years. This deepened my interest and I completed a Diploma of Dementia Care. My father was also diagnosed with late onset dementia prior to his death. Both of my parents spent significant periods of time in residential aged care facilities, so I understand some of the situations and challenges. I was: actively involved in their care, a strong advocate, and present during the active dying period for them both. I am committed to ensure that our elders, including those experiencing dementia; receive kind, respectful, person centred care whether they live at home or in residential care; and experience an informed, peaceful end of life transition. Wherever possible, if it is their wish to not die alone, this should be supported. It is a great privilege to strive to ensure these transitional periods are informed and peaceful; with genuine care and kindness; and appropriate and timely information, resources and support.

Ormiston, QLD