How can I help?
What is an end of life/death doula? The word “doula” comes from ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves.” While birth doulas have become widely accepted over a number of years, the death doula movement was created in the United States less than 20 years ago in response to a growing need for end of life care. End of life doulas provide emotional, practical and spiritual support for the whole family. They can assist with planning and preparations, guidance during the dying process, and support after the death.
- Help with difficult conversations around death and dying.
- Non-judgemental, supportive, and compassionate listening.
- Empathetic & creative support for grieving children.
- A safe space to share your worries & concerns.
- Assistance to create an Advance Care Plan to save your family from the burden of making future care decisions under stress.
- Creation of memory projects to honour your loved one.
- Information about post-death options including natural burial, conventional burial, and direct cremation.
- Sharing information and resources to make important end-of life care choices.
- Help to demystify the dying process so that knowledge and understanding replace the fear.
- Companioning & vigil support so that the family feels safe.
I am a certified death doula and grief educator. In order to ensure best practice, I am an active member of the Death Doula Ontario Network, the End of Life Doula Association of Canada, and the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.
What to Expect?
- You will get a complimentary 45-minute initial consultation. This will be carried out by phone or using Julie’s secure video conferencing platform. This will allow you to get to know her and ask any questions regarding her credentials, her experience, and the services she offers.
- When you engage Julie, she will send you a service agreement by email based on your needs. This agreement will include the fee schedule and services to be provided at this time. You can easily amend the service agreement in the future, as your needs change, by mutual consent. This agreement must be confirmed by email. Julie will arrange the next steps to suit your needs and at your convenience.
- This service agreement can be terminated at any time by either party and for any reason. A refund will be issued for the unused balance.
- All conversations and information shared by you will be considered 100% confidential and will not be disclosed to any other person. The only exception will be if Julie has reason to believe that you intend to cause harm to yourself or others. In that case, she is required by law to report to an authority figure. When your agreement comes to an end, Julie will commit to destroying any and all evidence pertaining to your personal details.
- If at any point, Julie feels that your needs exceed her scope of practice, she will terminate the agreement. She will issue a refund for the balance and refer you to a different resource who is better suited to help you.
- During the time that Julie is engaged to support/counsel you and your family (as per the service agreement), she will commit to meeting your needs to the very best of her ability.
- As a death doula, Julie’s services are non-legal, non-medical, and non-funeral. She has extensive training on how to navigate such resources and locate relevant information. She will offer suggestions/recommendations as needed.
- With Julie’s support and guidance, you will be able to move forward in your journey with confidence.