About

​I partner with individuals to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support at the end of life. I also serve loved ones during the end of life process, through early grief and bereavement. 

Elements of my practice include emotional, spiritual, and practical support, as well as some aspects of physical (non-medical) support. I serve as a companion to people as they explore the meaning of their lives and their legacy. I’m here to educate about the process, listen deeply, facilitate legacy projects, and be a reassuring presence.

about me

Thank you for taking a few moments to visit my website.

Here’s a little bit about me:

 

My path in life has led me to this important work. With a background in art therapy and education, I bring years of experience working with people from a broad range of ages and circumstances as they navigate life’s challenges, joys, and transitions. Building relationships based on trust and authenticity and addressing real-life issues are threads woven throughout my career.

 

I value open, thoughtful communication—particularly deep, active listening. These skills and attitudes are at the core of my practice and approach as an end of life doula. I aim to walk beside the people with whom I work, guiding them as we plan, explore meaning, and reflect on legacy. I bring a calm, caring presence to those who are navigating this poignant stage of life and their loved ones. 

 

On a more personal note, I am fortunate to live with my husband and children just outside of Philadelphia where I am outdoors whenever possible, enjoy making art, and volunteer for local community organizations.

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Education & Experience

  • International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) trained

  • Volunteer, Holisticare Hospice

  • Advance Care Planning Certificate through Honoring Choices

  • Integrative Thanatology/Art of Dying Certificate

  • BS in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

  • MA in Art Therapy, Hahnemann University

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Memberships 

  • International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA)

  • National End of Life Doula Association (NEDA)

  • American Art Therapy Association

  • Pennsylvania Art Therapy Association

“More and more I've come to understand that listening is one of the most important things we can do for one another. Whether the other be an adult or a child, our engagement in listening to who that person is can often be our greatest gift.”

 

- Fred Rogers

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mission

To partner with and support individuals approaching the end of life and their loved ones emotionally, physically, and spiritually through deep, active listening, legacy work, vigil planning, practical assistance, and early grief/bereavement support. 

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vision

A community and culture in which conversations about death and dying are integrated into our lives, recognizing that acknowledging this fundamental, shared human experience can enhance the precious time that we have on the earth.

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values

My work is guided and informed by my commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and deep respect for the individual in my care and their loved ones. Read more about my values below.

Non-judgment 

I approach my work from a stance of openness and non-judgement. My place is not to “fix” or change anything or anyone, but to be a supportive, helpful presence.

Education

I aim to educate individuals and their loved ones about the end of life process through conversation and by providing current, relevant resources and referrals when necessary. 

Empowerment

I seek to empower those at the end of life to express and assert their needs to realize their vision and plan for their transition. I seek to empower loved ones in supporting the individual with the understanding that this can be a time of deep creativity and connection.

Confidentiality

The relationship between the doula and client is based on trust. I hold all personal and medical information in the strictest confidence.