Your legacy isn't just what you leave behind, but how you prepare for the end.
Leaving Well means planning now. Create a roadmap for your loved ones.
Kind, sympathetic support from diagnosis to active dying.
Compassionate support from active dying through last breath.
Meaningful, personalized, family-directed after-death care.
End-of-Life situations often bring forth a whirlwind of emotions. In these moments, it can be incredibly valuable to open up about your worries, fears, and frustrations, as these feelings may not find an easy outlet elsewhere. These compassionate conversations offer a secluded, nurturing space where you can freely release your thoughts, allowing you to lighten your emotional load and be fully present for those who rely on your care and support.
Leaving Well Means Planning Well.
Comprehensive End of Life Preparation that includes Advance Directive Support, Streamlining Funeral Planning, Dependent Care, Special Possessions, Legacy, Comfort and Care, Digital Footprint and End of Life Organization. Enroll now
Options in advance directives (healthcare wishes), Guidance for Healthcare Agents, Registry Filing, Advance Directive vs POLST - so that everyone is clear on your healthcare wishes with no surprises or heartbreak when its time to use these directives.
Know your local disposition options and what they entail, local providers, and the cost of these services-this is to ensure that you not only know all the options that you have available; traditional, green, cremation, home funeral, but that you also know your rights around planning a funeral. Additionally, a clear plan will ensure your wishes are followed in detail and your loved ones are left in peace and without question regarding disposition. No family arguments, disappointments or regret.
Dependents, Pet Care - this is essential to ensure everyone you love is cared for when you are no longer able to do so. It is one of the most important gifts and acts of love.
Special Possessions are just that, special. Jewelry, collections, heirlooms, ensure that your precious and special items are cared for in the manner and by the person you choose.
Legacy is the imprint that you will leave on the world through story, recipes, music, art, hobbies, love. - Another incredible gift for the ones you love now and the many to come. Keep your stamp on the family by passing down the intangibles, knowledge, and wisdom that you’ve collected in your lifetime, allowing future generations to benefit from the life you’ve lived.
Personal choices regarding how you find comfort for physical, emotional and spiritual pain. - This will bring so much relief to you presently and in the future when it's needed. Through any illness and to your very last breath, decide now how you prefer to receive comfort and care. This will not only ensure you are properly cared for, it will also bring a great deal of relief to your loved ones. They never have to guess or wonder. What a gift and what a relief!
Online accounts, social media - one of the “things” that causes family additional frustration and grief is trying to transfer or close accounts, and/or just knowing their are memberships, accounts, media, etc. that haven’t been finalized. Some families are triggered for years by automated social media and emailed reminders of birthdays and special days for their deceased loved one. Allow your family easy access to put everything in place and close all things out with love and respect.
Biographical information, financials, important documents - so that your chosen representatives, are completely organized with everything at their fingertips. They will be so appreciative and grateful for how you cared for them even after you were no longer living.
Lacking motivation to complete your planning? Additional support to help you finish your End of Life Essentials Program.
Support from diagnosis to active dying.
Let's get to know each other. You likely have questions about what it's like to work with an End of Life Doula and how I can help you and your loved ones to confidently navigate end of life transitions. I want you to feel informed, empowered, and supported, so that you can meet any challenge that lay ahead with confidence and peace.
It's all about you. Identify your constellation of care, ideals for the future, understand hospice and share personal concerns; wants, needs, worries, anything that matters to you, even if you think it sounds crazy or silly, anything can and should be shared in this space.
Regularly scheduled check-ins to access current needs, changes in treatment, etc.. Every journey is unique and flexibility is essential. As circumstances change, we’ll work together to stay on course. Flexible scheduling; Weekly or bi-weekly: email, phone, text or virtual. Monthly: in-person or virtual.
Physical limitations and time constraints can make "normal" activities feel overwhelming.
Hospice & Palliative Care patients can benefit immensely from touch. Massage Therapy has been proven to provide improvement for pain, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and other common end-of-life symptoms.
Fighting for your life is never easy. Treatments and medications can place the body under strain. Massage can help patients to feel more at peace within their bodies. Learn more
The little things can stack up. Groceries, errands, even scheduling respite care can feel overwhelming. When your 'to-do list' feels insurmountable, I can help. Delegating the 'small stuff' can free up your emotional and mental energy so you can be fully present for what really matters.
As last breath draws near, emotions run high, anxiety and sleepless nights become a constant feature and fears and uncertainty creep in. This is when patients and caregivers need the invaluable support of End of Life Doulas.
A home funeral is a personal, family-centered celebration planned and carried out by family and friends. Caring for the body of a loved one is safe and possible. Home funerals are a beautiful, meaningful, cost-effective option to help us say goodbye.
Until the late 1800s, "home funerals" were simply called funerals. When a loved one died, families washed and dressed them, combed their hair and laid them out. While neighbors built the casket or wound the shroud, others dug the grave, made a meal, or sat with the body to say their goodbyes. Many families are choosing to return to the simple, hands-on, personal practices of Home Funerals.
Many families choose to blend home funeral elements with the services of a local funeral home. This allows families to personally care for their loved ones in a familiar setting but offers the convenience of hiring the services of a funeral home for tasks such as paperwork, transportation and disposition.
After-death Care Educators are not Funeral Directors and we do not care for the dead or plan funerals. Rather, we serve as guides. We provide education and support to those who wish to care for their own.
An advance health care directive is an essential step to leaving well.
Take the first step. Create a free advance directive so that your family and health care providers know exactly how to care for you when you need it most.