As an End-of-Life Doula, my main objective is to guide families through the end-of-life journey. One way I do this is by helping my clients manage their expectations. In most situations, they have entered a HUGE learning curve and are feeling overwhelmed and experiencing conflicting emotions. By providing a supportive, safe, and compassionate space, I [...]
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As part of Graceful Journey, I offer to consult with my clients. I sit down over one or several conversations and guide families through a decision-making process, that will allow them to create the opportunities they want, in a time of vulnerability. For example, Julie and Mark are 63 and 67, respectively. Recently Mark was [...]
A doula is a Greek word that means " a woman who serves." As an End of Life Doula, I help individuals and families define their goals and vision as they began to transition. Sometimes I consult with families at the time of a terminal diagnosis or a few months, weeks or days before they [...]
I believe most of us like to receive gifts? They usually make us feel special, important and/or loved. When we think of presents, we usually think of traditional gifts wrapped in a box with pretty paper and hopefully a bow. Sometimes we are grateful to receive gifts in the form of flowers, balloons, or candy. I [...]
After reading this article, again and again, it gives me chills. Personally and professionally, I have worked with and have loved individuals suffering from Alzheimer's, and I believe the greatest gift we can give to them is our “presence". I realize showing -up and being present as a family member, care partner or close friend is mentally and physically taxing. Just remember, when you are debating whether or not to visit individual suffering from Alzheimer's because you are thinking to yourself, "Will they even know that I am there? Do they even know my name? Does it even matter to them if I come or not"? Keep in mind, we as human beings benefit from touch, and most of us are comforted by a squeeze of the hand, a gentle hug or a shoulder to lean on. Never underestimate the power of your "presence".
As a family care partner, we are usually scurrying around, trying to accomplish a variety of tasks. Our time is usually limited, our lists are endless and our energy is usually depleted. All that being said, our main job is to take care of our loved one.
As my mentor, Teepa Snow, always as, “ I am who I was but I am different” , when she is describing an individual with dementia. As we are all aware, dementia robs our loved ones’ of their self-awareness, ability to think sequentially and to express themselves verbally. It does not take away their love for music, poetry, rhythm, and prayer.