“Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.”
Death is a once in a lifetime experience! The inevitable journey to our final transition is unique and unknown. We have no idea when, where, or how it is going to happen. We only know that it will, eventually, for every one of us.
Nine out of ten Americans say that they would prefer to die at home, and yet almost 60% die in hospital and 20% die in nursing homes. Sometimes this is due to medical circumstances, but all too often, it is because we do not know our options. Additionally, 60-70% of Americans die without a will. I will support you and advocate for you in creating the experience you want while easing the burdens on your loved ones.
As the founder and owner of Cross with Care and a certified End-of-Life Doula (or aptly, a “death doula”), I am here to help you establish an End-of-Life plan that works for you. I provide holistic, non-medical care, offering physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the dying and their loved ones with the hope of creating more peace and ease with the end-of-life experience.
The best advance care and estate planning happens well before it is actually needed. It is never too soon to start. In the early stages or even long before an illness, I help you to determine your wishes. I provide support for both the patient and the caregivers during the dying process, and, following a death, I assist with immediate after-death care, completing the necessary death duties, and finalizing the affairs of your loved one’s life. In all our services at Cross with Care, I address the practical aspects with compassion, sensitivity, and at times, an appropriate, and often necessary, sense of humor.
Through Cross with Care, I supply what cannot be given through an IV, a medication, or a treatment, and I do so with my heart open and filled with grace.
For more information, go to End-of-Life Doula Services.
Photo by Ericka Kreutz