Not long ago, fathers-to-be were kept outside of the birthing room. Mothers-to-be were not informed of the details of their own pregnancy. The birthing process was highly medicalized and families had little say about the procession of The Big Event. Progress was made when hospitals, in response to patient demand, made efforts to make the environment more homelike, and the experience of a new life came to include family in a variety of settings.
Similarly, the process of dying is too often one of isolation and fear. Open, honest, and informed conversations about this natural process are hard to find. While dying is a difficult emotional experience, meaning and resolution can also be present. The emergence of "end of life specialists" is a significant part of the effort to make dying something we can talk about as a shared human experience that, while not always welcome, can nevertheless include meaningful connections with those we love.
Our sun and moon are both ordinary and extraordinary, as is our own living experience. We are connected, large and small, to the passage of time and the changes that it brings, for each day and every life.
As an End of Life Specialist, my focus is on offering guidance, resources, and support to individuals and families at end of life. I live in Phoenix and serve the Metro Phoenix area.
Clarification and completion of Life Planning Documents / Advance Care Directives (Living Will, Health Care Powers of Attorney). Everyone over 18 years of age should have these completed, even in good health! You can get the documents for free in the Resources section of this site.
Legacy Work: what do you want to communicate to friends and family before you die? What defines your life experience? What is left unsaid or unwritten?
Care coordinator to communicate with your care team, including medical professionals, family near and far, friends, neighbors, hospice services, and more.
Aesthetic guidance and sensory support in creating an environment that supports your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Medical literacy and paperwork guidance and completion.
Grief education, support, and resource referrals.
Obituary writing and submission.
My interest in death and dying emerges from a genuine desire to be a part of the change that is taking place in the way death is viewed in our culture. While most of us are not eager to leave this world, we all share the experience of dying. Working to make this transition easier, more meaningful, and, perhaps, beautiful is an honor.
The word "crisis" is especially relevant at end of life: while it suggests a time of extreme urgency and difficulty, it also holds within its meaning an opportunity for change and transition that is both natural and essential.
My educational background provides the foundation for both practical and contextual support for the dying experience. It provides me with the skills and knowledge to communicate effectively about end of life topics. I hope you will agree.