I provide support and companionship to individuals and their families as they navigate the practical, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of dying. In some cases my role may be care coordination. This may involve planning, organizing, consulting, investigating, co-creating, reflecting, advocating, companioning, vigilling and ritual. Whatever the tasks, a crucial component of my work is to walk alongside my client supporting them to discern, and then work towards, their priorities and wishes. I strive to support the best version of my client’s life from the client’s perspective, through being a listening ear, offering nonjudgmental attentive companionship, and trusting the client’s inner wisdom.

Some specific tasks I can assist with are the preparation of estate plans, advance care plans, and death and funeral plans (including home deathcare). I can assist with the creation of legacy compositions (writings, photos, expressive arts (including SoulCollage®), etc.), and I can provide nonjudgmental, attentive companionship and vigilling, both before and after death. I also can provide grief support. My goal throughout is to provide a mindful, supportive presence.

 I can be of service for just specific tasks or provide support through multiple steps and stages. After our first contact, the usual process is to have a detailed consultation where we discuss what will be helpful. We can then design my services according to how they can best support you, and develop an appropriate fee schedule. Sometimes we may only meet once if your needs are relatively simple.

 

The following list includes many of the services I can provide and ways we can work together, but it is not exhaustive.

Educational Presentations And facilitation

Presentations, workshops, groups, and general or specific conversations on many aspects of end of life for family, friends or community groups. 

  •  getting your affairs/estate in order

  • advanced care planning

  • home funerals (home death-care)

  • Death Cafés

  • Activities and games about living and dying well (eg. My Gift of Grace, )

  • End of Life Preparation

  • Grief and loss

Death Preparation

Coordination and advocacy related to care needs, with the practical aspects of dying in the home, and Medical Assistance and Dying

  • Putting your affairs in order

  • Advance care planning and preparation

  • Planning and organizing related to household and/or care needs

  • Funeral planning and/or Home funeral planning

  • Practical daily tasks

  • Creating meaningful legacy projects

Death Support

Practical, social, emotional or spiritual. Sometimes what is most needed is to be present to hold space, provide a calm presence in the face of death, and model death acceptance in an environment of respect, sanctity, and reverence.

  • Compassionate support for the person who is dying and their loved ones.

  • Provide gentle touch/massage to clients and caregivers and teach it to caregivers as appropriate. Touch can be a precious and healing gift in times of stress and pain.

  • Provide vigil support so that the dying person is not alone. To vigil is to be a quiet presence to the dying process; to sit with the dying person and keep watch. Sometimes nothing is said; sometimes it requires being a compassionate listener. This does not replace the role of family and friends if they are available, but supports it.

After-Death Support
  • Provide information and work with you to understand and decide on funeral options and other after-death procedures and requirements.

  • Offer consultation and guidance for respectful care of the body, and for the preparation of the necessary paperwork If you would like a home funeral (after death-care)

  • I can assist with the creation of rituals that are meaningful.

Contact

I would love to hear from you. Please be in touch for more information on my services, to set up an appointment, for other related death and dying matters, and to share testimonials.

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(519) 494-8851​ (Shannon)

endoflifenavigation@gmail.com

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