As a minister with a Master of Arts in Culture & Spirituality, I bring a holistic perspective to my work as a doula, as well as to weddings, funerals and other services where people mark important moments with ritual and celebration. My spiritual approach is based in evolutionary cosmology, a perspective where science and spirit are one, and human beings are rooted in the story of the Universe. When we see our lives with “deep time” eyes, we understand that we have always been part of this Universe, that we belong here, that everything is related, and that we are each, ultimately, as vast and as old, as loving and creative, as awesome and eternal as the Universe itself.
I’m a researcher who studies how health services are provided and used during serious illness and at the end of life. When I first meet people, an overwhelming number of these interactions end with this stranger and me having a deep, human conversation about how the death of someone they’ve loved has touched them (I promise, all I do is tell them one sentence about what I do!). Every person has a story, a story that is aching to be told, that jumps with excitement at the chance to be heard by another human who has created space to receive it. These human connections are at the heart of why I do what I do.
In 2014, I left a career in academia to pursue a calling to help those at the end of life. I work in administration for a local hospice and I am a hospice volunteer in my spare time. I became a certified End of Life Doula with Doulagivers in 2017, I have a certificate in Compassionate Presence from Spiritual Care Programme, and I am also trained as a meditation instructor and Reiki practitioner.