I learnt so much about the dying process when my friend had cancer and I accompanied her over the two years of her illness. I learnt that dying could be talked about, with tears, yes, but also with laughter and warm companionship.
I feel passionately that at the end of life we should be accompanied and supported in whatever way we choose. As an End of Life Doula I am committed to offering whatever service I can that meets the wishes of a person who has a terminal diagnosis and may be approaching death. This may be sitting quietly or talking together; reading a book or listening to music; reminiscing about the past; contacting friends; exploring options for treatment; writing out an Advance Care Plan for how the person wishes to be looked after; funeral planning; setting up a lasting Power of Attorney; accessing complementary health therapies; exploring options for pet-care; offering support to family and carers.
I am trained to be well-informed in all these areas and I can act on the client’s behalf where that is requested. Sometimes it can be helpful to have a companion who is there, not as a medical professional or a loved one, simply a companion focussed on the wishes and comfort of the client.
I live in Burstall, near Ipswich, Suffolk. If you think I might be able to help you on your journey to the end of life, please get in touch.