When my daughter first suggested to me that I become an end of life doula, I had to look up the phrase. Once I learned more, I immediately felt that I had found the role I had been moving towards all of my life. My extensive professional experience as a trained nurse and my personal experiences with death have formed me into a carer who understands every layer of this difficult journey — medical, spiritual, emotional, and even administrative and legal.
End of life is a stage many find uncomfortable, scary or lonely, whether experiencing it themselves or through a loved one, and it is my purpose to offer a loving, competent, knowledgeable, and comforting hand to hold. I will remain beside you in an empathetic, supportive, nonjudgmental way on every step of this path, enabling you to experience the end of life you envisage.
My personal experience of losing my father suddenly at a very young age taught me how to be with a child who is experiencing death. I was later with two of my grandparents in their death journeys, as well as my husband and, more recently, my grandchild, Gabriel, who was born with a life-limiting illness and died tragically at 8 months of age. Being able to act as doula to my own loved ones gave depth and meaning to my grief and allowed me to see clearly how important and necessary this role is for those facing the end of life. It inspired me with the passion and purpose to become a professional end of life doula.
I have an open and compassionate heart to all who seek a guide. In addition, as a member of the Jewish community, I am able to offer an approach encompassing and respecting Jewish ritual and spiritual experience to those who observe these traditions.
In my professional career as a Registered Nurse in various specialities, including Oncology, Renal, Mental Health, Dementia Care and Aged Care, I have had a great deal of experience in walking beside travellers and their families on this journey, and I feel privileged to be in this sacred and meaningful space. I also offer support with paperwork, wills, advanced care directives, funeral planning, and all aspects of end of life that families can find overwhelming or confusing. I believe we need to plan for the end of life, just as we do for births and weddings.