Hi, I'm Beth.
I enrolled in and completed an intense end-of-life doula training with the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) where I received a well-rounded education in active listening, evidence-based support, legacy and vigil planning, and bereavement support. It is my biggest hope that I can provide a comforting, compassionate presence to others so that no one has to face this final transition feeling lost, scared, or alone.
That journey has led me to follow along this path, being alongside others as they navigate the whirlwinds of end-of-life. I want to be for others what I wish my mom and I had had.
In the weeks and months that followed, we were swallowed up in a whirlwind of hospitals, doctors, and chemo. Miraculously, my mom did live long enough to get to spend 8 beautiful weeks with her first grandchild before dying. Looking back, there is so much that I wish I had done, both for my mom and for myself.
If you’d like to hear more about what an end-of-life doula can do for you and your loved ones, contact me today.
-Dame Cicely Saunders
“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can; not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
I am a facilitator with She Climbs Mountains
I find peace by being in nature, especially near water
I have been alongside family members’ hospice journeys three times
I volunteer as an EOL Doula in a hospice facility
Doula services are private pay. By being private pay, doulas have greater flexibility in serving clients and ensures that each wish is carefully honored without having to be concerned about any restrictions that insurance companies may impose.
A doula can provide non-medical care such as touch (holding hands, gentle shoulder massage, etc), mindfulness techniques (visualization, meditation, etc), and provide guidance and evidence based options. A doula cannot provide medical care such as medication administration, position changing, or medical advice.
Hospice workers are amazingly kind and caring people that cannot be everywhere all the time. A doula helps fill in the gaps when hospice workers cannot be there. We can also help explain options but cannot provide medical advice or care, whereas hospice workers can.
The Symbolism of the Cairn
Compassionate Transitions, inspired by my personal experiences supporting loved ones during their end of life journeys, finds its essence in the cairn. Like a steadfast guide amidst an uncertain and diverging trail, the cairn directs you towards the right path when numerous possibilities lie before you. It serves as a symbol, reminding us to cherish the wisdom gained from our own travels and to utilize it in guiding others along their unique journeys.
- Laurie J.
The additional grief doula training Beth has completed makes her service unique, as she is able to offer additional insight and support for families as they move through bereavement. As a fellow end-of-life doula, I endorse the care that Beth provides, and refer to her patients I’m unable to accommodate. Compassion, firsthand experience, and her willingness to go above and beyond make Beth’s doula practice a great choice for any family.