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Fern Leaves


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As an end-of-life coach/doula, I seek to understand the objectives and hopes of my patients and their families. Each situation calls for a unique, customized approach that meets the specific needs of the clients and family members involved. That said, typical care often includes some or all of the following services:

  • Vision mapping: Best 3 months (BM3)

  • Patient advocate and communication assistance with healthcare providers

  • Demystifying the stages of the dying process: death education

  • Life review

  • Non-medical hands-on care

  • Comfort care therapies: aromatherapy, touch, easing the breath, guided visualization and relaxation

  • Providing emotional and spiritual support to all involved

  • Practices for developing presence and balancing energy between self and others

  • Communication practices: Pure, Basic listening, reading the field, big bold questions

  • Forgiveness practices

  • Embodiment: saying goodbye to the body

  • Grief, Anger awareness and release practices

  • Vigil planning

  • Funeral Planning

  • After death body care




NEDA: National End-of-life Doula Alliance


Advance Care Planning


The Conversation Project (Helps start the conversation about the end of life including how to choose a proxy)


Good End of Life (A simple site offering free worksheets on advanced care planning)


Advance Care Planning Forms by State


VSED Resources (information on voluntarily stopping eating and drinking)


Death with Dignity (The mission of the Death with Dignity National Center is to promote Death with Dignity laws based on the model Oregon Death with Dignity Act, both to provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.)


The Inspired Funeral  (readings, songs, rituals)


What’s Your Grief? (grieving support and resources)


  • By Your Side: Caring for the Dying at Home, Barbara Karnes

  • Grieving Is Loving: Compassionate Words for Bearing the Unbearable, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow, Francis Weller

  • What to Do When I am Gone: A Mother’s Wisdom to Her Daughter, Suzy Hopkins.

  • The Day I Die: The Untold Story of Assisted Dying in America, Anita Hannig

  • Die Wise, Stephen Jenkinson

  • A Year to Live, Stephen and Ondrea Levine

  • Who Dies?, Stephen and Ondrea Levine

  • Dying Well, Ira Byock

  • Extreme Measures, Jessica Zitter, MD

Children's Books

  • When Someone Dies, Sharon Greenlee

  • What Color is Death, Daddy?, Dr. Joanne Cacciatore

  • How Do You Care for A Very Sick Bear, Vanessa Bayer

  • The Goodbye Book, Todd Parr

  • Duck, Death and the Tulip, Wolf Erlbruch

  • Always Remember, Cece Meng

  • The Dragonfly Story: Explaining the death of a loved one to children

  • and families, Kelly Owen

  • Badger’s Parting Gifts, Suan Varley

  • Bear and Bird, James Skofield and Jennifer Thermes

  • The Memory Tree, Britta Teckentrup

  • Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, Brian Mellonie and Robert Ingpen

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