"You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step in faith"
~ Dr. Martin Luther King
My name is Emily, and I am a certified End of Life Doula, Death Doula, Mourning Doula, Home Funeral Doula and Professional Post-Loss Artifact Reorganizer. I am also a social worker and a certified Reiki and Integrative Energy healer.
I am passionate about helping people live consciously and fully. Our rich, multi-layered, and beautifully individual inner universe helps us make choices throughout our life, day to day, moment to moment. Each choice reflects who we are, what we believe, and how we move through the world.
I work as a Doula because I value the power of choice. It is my mission to help clients understand that while death is inevitable, and sometimes unexpected, we are not powerless or without choice.
Freedom, even in death, must not be taken for granted. Yet, we are not truly free to make important decisions, about life and death, if we are not informed about our options. As modern Americans, we recoil from death, avoiding it until we can’t. By then, we are often too overwhelmed, sickly, or mired in emotion to ask the right questions. We haven’t been paying attention, and when it comes to our relationship with death and mourning, we’ve paid the price. We can do better, and I can help by providing informational, emotional, and practical support along your journey, creating space for you to make the best possible choices.
Dr. Martin Luther King said “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step in faith.” I stand by your side as you explore your options. Death is an unknown, but we step out together in faith, knowing our life has prepared us well for our death, and our death allows an unrivaled opportunity for healing and connection with this core element of our humanity. Yes, we feel sadness, loss, and pain. Yet, on the other side of heartbreak we know love without boundaries.
WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU? HOW DOES FREEDOM INFLUENCE HOW YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR OWN DEATH, AND THOSE OF YOUR LOVED ONES? WHAT DO YOU NEED TO ENSURE THAT FREEDOM?
Start with information, then curate that information, making the best possible choices. From there, prepare. Complete your documents, have necessary conversations, and get your ducks in a row. The first steps are simple, whether you take them on your own, or work with a doula trained to support you. Then, learn all you can! Learn about conventional disposition options, as well as newer, less expensive, green and natural disposition options. Learn about unconventional options too, such as space or reef burial, or transforming ashes into jewelry. Learn it all! Take ownership, and never take your choices for granted. Preparation brings unfathomable peace of mind. Through it all, you benefit deeply from the support of a knowledgeable and empathic facilitator who provides physical, emotional, and informational support at every turn. Someone on your side, advocating for you, serving you and your family, and creating and holding space so you are as fully informed and as consciously engaged as one can be on the journey.
IF YOU'RE READY TO EXPLORE THE GIFT THAT IS THE BOUNDLESS LOVE AND SUPPORT OF YOUR END OF LIFE CARE DOULA, THE TIME HAS ARRIVED TO CHANGE HOW YOU ENGAGE WITH DEATH.