Hi! I’m Li.
I trained as an end of life doula (or companion) when I realised that I felt comfortable talking openly about death and dying, and that in turn, others felt comfortable responding. I believe that acknowledging that we’re dying means living fully right until the end. Being an end of life companion is all about helping to enable individuals and their friends and families for that to happen, through practical and emotional support. I’ve had the chance to do this for family, friends and clients. It’s a huge privilege to accompany people at the end of life.
I live in Brighton, with my husband and daughter. We also have a son living in London. I’m a musician – directing and arranging indie and alternative music for local choirs, and singing and playing in bands. I have used singing and music with end of life clients, as both therapy and fun.
I enjoy music, film, books, food, travel, but most of all, people. As an ex-primary school teacher, I am very experienced working alongside children and families. I’ve also run choirs for teenagers, young adults with learning difficulties and people with dementia. I enjoy chatting with people, playing games, doing crosswords, and finding out new things. I love the sea and the countryside. I’ve recently given up motorbiking. I run, but am just as happy on the sofa. I like dancing round the kitchen to my jukebox and I don’t care what the neighbours think.
People say I’m friendly, approachable, supportive, good at communicating and listening, and have a good sense of humour. I’m not particularly conventional and am very open to meeting all sorts of new people. I’m down to earth, and calm in a crisis.