I’m Alex(andra), a practicing Doula and founding member of End of Life Doula UK based in Southampton. In February 2020, I completed the two-year accredited training with gaining a Diploma in the Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. I am also a research manager at the University of Southampton and volunteer weekly at our local hospice.
The death of my sister from cancer in 2015 had a profound impact on me. After Gloria died, I wanted to play a role in supporting people at end of life. This attracted me to the non-medical role of end of life doula – individuals who help those who are dying, and their families, to feel safe, supported and heard until the day they die. My overarching drive is to ensure that others are better prepared and supported when facing (un)expected dying.
I am committed to sharing our knowledge and offer guidance on death and dying to improve death awareness, and empower people as well as communities. I am part of Dead Good Days Southampton and love supporting community events such as death cafes, talks and workshops. I am available to people at any stage in their lives and work with clients in-person as well as virtually, offering practical and emotional support. Finally, I am particularly interested in the topics of digital legacy, ethics, advance planning and sibling loss.