Mission. Vision. Values (Death Doula)

Mission

I am committed to serving Carroll County by bringing deeper meaning and greater comfort to individuals (and their loved ones) throughout the dying process. I am here to serve and honor all wishes and to provide education for those interested in the death and dying process.

Vision

  • To provide death education to the community.
  • Everyone who wants a doula has access to one.
  • To provide supportive services at the end of life so that individuals who want to die at home can do so.
  • To be a voice and advocate for “good death” visions and plans of dying individuals.
  • To change death culture and remove the stigma that surrounds death.
  • To offer a refuge for individuals dealing with a stigmatized death or disenfranchised grief such as: miscarriage, death of child, loss from HIV/AIDS, loss from addiction, loss from suicide, loss of a LBGTQ+ individual or death of a furry family member (pet).
  • To serve as a guide in the funeral planning process to make sure wishes are honored and individuals are not taken advantage of by traditional funerary practices.

Values

  • Death is a natural part of life and is part of the human experience.
  • Humans are multidimensional, therefore, I believe in a holistic and integrative approach to death care. Blending holistic, alternative and modern/traditional models offers a balanced approach. I like to blend to positive aspects of various models of care.
  • I believe is important to keep all options open to realize, meet and honor all wishes of individuals and families.
  • Death touches everyone. Therefore, everyone should have access to end of life care and help with grief processing. There should be zero barriers to receiving care.
  • It’s never to early to plan and it’s never to late to process grief.
  • It’s important to support everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, abilities, personal beliefs, values, spirituality and religion.
  • I believe that all living beings are entitled to a good death and a good death is different for everyone.
  • I believe a “good death” is what an individual says it is. I believe a good death also accounts for or has a plan to meet emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual and physical needs of the dying and their loved ones. We honor the dead and dying by honoring their personal vision of a good death.
  • I support your vision whether you find comfort in traditional funerary practices or if you you opt for a home funeral and green burial/disposition.
  • I believe the Doulas role is to be a steady and supportive foundation; a comforting presence; a knowledgeable resource and an open space of non-judgment.
  • A Doulas services are not limited to the dying. I offer services for those in transition and for families and friends processing grief before, during and after death of a loved one (including your furry family members).
  • Compassion. Comfort. Healing. Dignity.