Working Together to create a peaceful, compassionate and empowered end-of life experience for dying people, their families and their community

Since 2007 I have been working and studying to support people in the time where the veil between worlds is at its thinnest: birth and death. I have supported birthing women as a birth attendant for the past 7 years and in 2013 gained an industry qualification as a birth attendant. The same year I began researching the recent phenomenon of death care or ‘midwifing death’, that is offering support to dying people and their families.

This role is fledgling in our society, but really it is returning to our roots, when death was managed by families, communities and helpers. There are various terms for this work; death doula, death midwife, deathwalker, death whisperer, death assistant. The constant is this: I come to help in whatever way you and your family need.

This can often take the form of helping to initiate and facilitate conversations about what a dying person wishes for their last days, and how their family might assist. It can be offering some respite to a carer needing a break and a rest. Helping families to access outside resources and supports is also what I do. Assisting with the palliative care that can feel quite endless. Assisting to plan a funeral or memorial in advance is something many death care workers also offer.

Finally, at the point where the dying person enters their active dying phase, I am available to help ‘hold the space’; assisting the person, their loved ones and friends to really be present in the moment, whatever that means to them.

If you would like to know more about this service, or if you have any questions about death care, please feel free to contact me

Working Together to create a peaceful, compassionate and empowered end-of life experience for dying people, their families and their community

Since 2007 I have been working and studying to support people in the time where the veil between worlds is at its thinnest: birth and death. I have supported birthing women as a birth attendant for the past 7 years and in 2013 gained an industry qualification as a birth attendant. The same year I began researching the recent phenomenon of death care or ‘midwifing death’, that is offering support to dying people and their families.

This role is fledgling in our society, but really it is returning to our roots, when death was managed by families, communities and helpers. There are various terms for this work; death doula, death midwife, deathwalker, death whisperer, death assistant. The constant is this: I come to help in whatever way you and your family need.

This can often take the form of helping to initiate and facilitate conversations about what a dying person wishes for their last days, and how their family might assist. It can be offering some respite to a carer needing a break and a rest. Helping families to access outside resources and supports is also what I do. Assisting with the palliative care that can feel quiteendless. Assisting to plan a funeral or memorial in advance is something many death care workers also offer.

Finally, at the point where the dying person enters their active dying phase, I am available to help ‘hold the space’; assisting the person, their loved ones and friends to really be present in the moment, whatever that means to them.

If you would like to know more about this service, or if you have any questions about death care, please feel free to call me.