End-of-Life Doula Care

Facing the end of your life can be a fearful and lonely experience. It doesn’t have to be.

A death doula can walk beside you, offering emotional and practical support, working with your care team, as you navigate your choices on your end of life journey. I am currently offering the following services virtually by donation:

VIRTUAL DEATH CAFES

Death Cafes offered virtually on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 2-3 pm EST (free!). Join a conversation with other mortals exploring their relationship with death in a safe space. It's an opportunity to begin to normalize conversations about a human experience we all share. Register below for a link to our next death cafe conversation.

EXPLORATIVE DIALOGUE

Let's explore the path ahead of you together. I will listen as you reflect on your relationship with the end of your life. This is an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, questions, beliefs and needs around the end of life. In response, I can share the ways I might support your journey and what resources and/or referrals I can offer.

SUPPORT PLANNING

Once we identify things you'd like to have support with, we can begin to co-create a plan that complements your health care plan. Your plan may include ways you can support yourself practically, emotionally and spiritually in the time to come; identify how you'd like to be supported by others in your care circle; how you want to live in the days to come; a vigil plan for the days when death comes near; how you'd like your body cared for after death.

FAMILY SUPPORT

In the weeks after your death, it may benefit your closest loved ones to join together and share their experience of your death with each other. Sharing tender moments, questions, observations, and support for one another as they each enter their own grieving process. If so desired, I can create a safe space and facilitate a sharing of their experience with your death for your loved ones.

ELIZABETH WASSERMAN DEATH DOULA

Elizabeth Wasserman, MS (she/her)

End-of-Life Doula

I am an adventurer cultivating faith, courage, compassion and connection. I've worked as a teacher, introducing young people to the world; a park ranger, introducing people of all ages to the wonders of nature; and I currently support scientists for a government agency, my favorite job so far. As I age, I'm looking upon my death as my last great adventure.

I began offering end-of-life doula services to accompany the dying and support their loved ones as a natural outgrowth of my yoga teacher training, spiritual practice and experience with the deaths of my parents and siblings.

I am a trained death doula (INELDA.org), No One Dies Alone (NODA) volunteer, 500RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and Death Cafe host.

I believe that death is a sacred part of the continuum of life and that knowledge eases fear.

"If I’m going to die, the best way to prepare is to quiet my mind and open my heart."

- Ram Dass, Walking Each Other Home