Emily is able to build bridges of communication and gain a family’s trust and participation, while upholding the highest standards of care. Her ability to reach across barriers, create an environment of trust, and accomplish real, significant progress is astounding. She is highly professional and ethical. She is consistently able to assess what will best help any family. She has an uncanny ability to bring people together.
I had the honor to work with Emily in her role as a palliative social worker. She brings great care, compassion, and soulful skill to the bedside of each patient and their family. She knows when to lend a hand or shoulder to cry on, and also when to step out of someone's way, as she honors and supports each person's unique healing journey.
Emily and I met studying Integrative Energy Healing at Langara College in Vancouver. She is passionate about supporting the holistic healing of mind, body and spirit. She brings her passion as well as a wealth of education, experience, and wisdom to her calling as a death doula. She is an engaging, intuitive and caring professional whose support would be a huge help to anyone who is facing their own death or that of a loved one.
Emily is incredibly talented at helping people articulate what they really want. It’s hard for patients and their families to do this because most people aren’t used to talking about end of life. People either just don’t have the words to describe what they want or they’re afraid of being judged for explaining their true preferences. Emily has a gift for asking that “just right” next question that helps people to not only figure out what they want, but to explain it. The people she works with end up feeling secure and peaceful with the decisions they’ve made and confident that their wishes will be carried out.
Emily has been a client and a friend for a number of years. We have worked closely on many aspects related to personal healing—physical, emotional, and soul level. Her commitment to healing and harmonization with honesty, courage, and kindness is testimony to the love in her heart. A great love that she is able to share with others because it is an energy she gives herself with humility, gentility, and transparency. This undoubtedly translates to the work she does in our world; work that is very needed, yet undervalued. I can say with complete confidence that Emily is someone you can trust to listen, co-create, and hold a space of love, light, and compassion. I am thankful to know such a sweet person with real passion in her purpose; honored to call her my friend and colleague; and so excited for her business and wellness ventures!
Emily and I have been friends for over 30 years. Since childhood, she has consistently demonstrated a focus on social justice and helping others. She has always been a good listener, and wise beyond her years. In our adult lives, we both ended up in the helping professions; I as a family physician, and Emily as a social worker and now doula. Her focus on empowering people through end of life care is a perfect fit for her compassion, empathy, perceptiveness and patience. She cares deeply about the people she works with, and focuses on helping them meet their most important goals.
Working with Emily is always rewarding and enjoyable. She offers that which no one else can.
Emily adds valuable insights and perspectives that encompass a wide range of knowledge sets, and she conveys them to patients with ease. I always appreciate having her as part of any team I am asked to consult on, because I know that our patient will receive the right information, in the appropriate context, delivered with the highest level of compassion.
PS: I enjoy working with her, which is saying a lot because personally I do not like her that much.
But I know she is good at her job, and really, that is all that matters.
Time and again, I have witnessed Emily as she joins patients and families where they are on their spiritual journey. With deep sensitivity and respect, she empowers others to discover choices that are congruent with their most sacred values, enabling them to find meaning, peace, connection and hope as they live out their (sometimes last) days.
As a speech pathologist, I work with patients who are at the end of life and have difficulty swallowing. Emily does tremendous work with my patients and their families. She is able to engage them, even when conversations are difficult and delicate. Emily makes a tremendous impact with the work she does.