“Since death is certain and the time of death is uncertain, what is the most important thing?”
– Pema Chodron
The Japanese concept of Ma is an empty space that can be filled with any beautiful transition. Many people don’t know that grief can start way before the loss of their loved one, and I am here to be your grief companion on this journey towards the end of life. I know a lot about this space in between, and I have seen some beautiful transitions.
MEET ANN, END-OF-LIFE DOULA
Ann Simmons was called to take this journey with the dying and their families. She is an experienced chaplain who, as a certified end-of-life doula, helps families and their dying loved ones live fully in the space in between. She compassionately guides and supports people so this transition from life to death can be as peaceful and beautiful as possible. Ann has experience working with all ages of dying patients, including the death of pets.
End of Life Doula Services
A gentle, compassionate death doula understands and guides people through the grief and dying process. This includes: listening, anticipatory grief companionship, holding sacred space, and centering.
Space In Between Guide
Providing guidance, resources, and organization during this difficult and confusing time. This includes: non-medical help, legacy work, life reflections, keepsakes, and assistance planning the after-life ritual.
Providing companionship and non-medical care to the dying patient, while allowing the family time off to recharge and attend to responsibilities. This includes: protective presence, pet care, arts & crafts, and non-medical care coordination.
Vigil Planning & Support
Final wish planning with the patient and families for the personalized last day vigil support and sitting with the individuals. This includes: patient and family desires, communications with the family, and creation of a plan.