THE NEXT EFFORT
End-of-Life Doula | Home Death Care Guide | Community Death Educator & Consultant
As an End-of-Life Doula, Home Death Care Guide & Community Death Educator & Consultant, I am honored to be able to share my knowledge, experience & passion with our community here in Kansas City. I approach death holistically, advocating for the people I serve, & holding the space for your end-of-life wishes with you & your loved ones.
Through promoting death-positive education, offering emotional & physical support during advanced planning & all the way through the active dying vigil, as well as bereavement reprocessing & home deathcare options, my hope is for us to embrace this part of our life’s journey & make it our own.
As our Dad would say, “The next effort’s the most important.”.
I look forward to the privilege of helping you & yours be at peace in taking those next steps.
With warmest regards,
WHAT IS AN
DEATH CARE GUIDE?
Family-Focused | Informed | Community
An End-of-Life Doula provides non-medical, non-judgmental support, with a family-centered approach to holistic & empowering care, while also being a part of your end-of-life team. We provide a calming & nurturing presence, emotional support, education & information, proactive guidance, community resources & referrals, comfort measures & logistical support to both the dying & their loved ones.
A Home Death Care Guide is a trained individual who educates, empowers & supports people to exercise the innate right of caring for their own dead. We can help you to create a sacred space to care for the body of your loved one in the hours or days after, keeping the body at home. We provide social, emotional & practical support by teaching the family about options of preparation, visitation, ceremony & disposition. These decisions can be overwhelming in times of transition. We can help you prepare for what to do for your loved one when that transition ends.
We are so blessed to have Ashley in our lives at this most stressful time. She has been a comfort to my husband, John, who is in the end stages of dialysis, by sitting with him, reading to him, playing his favorite big band music & most importantly praying with him. Ashley has also been a much-needed support for me during this most difficult time. Together we have planned my husband & I’s funeral masses, for when the time comes. She has helped me with chores in the my house & has been my confidant when I needed one.