I can help with values-based advance care planning by teaching patients to become active participants in their own health care by aiding in patient literacy and advocacy, providing non-medical support for those at the end of life. I offer support for women and families who have experienced or are expecting to experience pregnancy loss and help to plan an alternative funeral in Montpelier, VT, including green burial, and serving as a home funeral guide. I also help people plan meaningful personalized rituals for after a loved one has died. I offer services in memoir writing, death awareness education, and community outreach programming.
I have extensive training and over 3 years of experience in fields related to the end of life, including working as a hospice volunteer for Central Vermont Home, Health, and Hospice, and helping facilitate the Montpelier Death Cafe. These experiences have helped me identify where our local services have gaps and I have tailored my training to allow me to meet the specific needs of my community by stepping into and filling those gaps.
I am in the position of both being able to provide care and support as well as helping people connect with, and get the most out of, resources available to them. I want everyone to be aware of and prepared for the choices they can make for themselves as they think about or approach the end of life.
I have knowledge and experience with so many different approaches to advance care planning, caring for the dying, and saying good-bye. While everybody dies, each death is unique. I will take the time to get to know you and your needs to determine what is going to work best for you. For this reason, I prefer to work with you in your home and we can negotiate a contract specific to you.
The more I embrace working with death and the dying, the more I learn what truly matters and the more I understand how I want to live. It is a powerful, uplifting, and transformative experience and it is an honor to be of service to my community in this way. My motto is "Life Matters. Talk About Death."