Death Doula Ottawa
 
 

Integrated

end of life care

 
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“Each human should die with the sight of a loving face.”

— Mother Theresa

 
 
 

Death Doula Ottawa

Death and dying is a time that deserves reverence.

We all have the right to a death that is dignified. A departure where we are held and supported, with kindness, compassion, honor and love, and where all of our needs are wholly, and positively met.

It is time to return to the natural process of death in a meaningful way, to bring back the light and celebrate the love that has brought us together in the journey we call life and the journey we call death.

At Death Doula Ottawa we provide support from diagnosis to death through knowledge of the dying process, by offering loving care, a listening ear, heartfelt dialogue and counsel with a human touch. 

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Learning

Services

Sharing

A terminal diagnosis is stressful and overwhelming for all those involved. Doulas are trained to support you by sharing their knowledge on the process and experience of dying, based on current and traditional practices. 

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Support circles for caregivers
  • Seminars on the topic of death and dying to provide the community with the opportunity to hear from dying well experts in a group setting
  • Introductory consultation meetings to discuss your thoughts on the topic of death and dying in a one-on-one setting

Planning

When a dying person and the family plan for the last days, they feel less afraid and less anxious. Doulas encourage thinking through all the choices about where a person dies and the kinds of interactions people want with each other and professional staff. 

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Consultations to review and discuss your plans and discussion options available to you and your family
  • Advance care planning guidance


Supporting

›Legacy Work Support

The purpose for legacy work is to assist the patient achieve closure with life and/or relationships.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Discuss ideas for meaningful legacy projects
  • Support legacy project development and involvement of family members

Vigilling

Doulas assist with basic care, explain distressing symptoms, provide on-going emotional and spiritual support, and link to the professional team as necessary.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • 24-hour support during the last days of life, in person or by phone
  • Respite care for family members


Honoring

Home Funeral Guidance

A ‘home funeral’ is a non-commercial, family centred response to death that involves the family and its social community in the care and preparation of the body for burial or cremation, and/or in planning and carrying out related rituals or ceremonies, and/or in the burial or cremation itself.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • After death home care guidance
  • Home funeral guidance

Grief Support

Death Doula Ottawa offers referral support services designed to meet the needs of the family members.

Doulas

 

Our doulas are certified Death Doulas, trained hospice volunteers, “retired” nurses, lay Chaplains and funeral industry advisors.

 
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Christiane Zeithammel

Christiane is a Death Doula, a graduate of the Insitute of Traditional Medicine and a former registered nurse, After walking the death path professionally and personally Christiane found that in a clinical setting we are often alone at the time of death. With a belief that we can do better, Christiane walks alongside the dying and their loved ones, to fully support a process of courage and peace, peace within the heart and mind. 

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Lisa Rhoades

Lisa is a trained Death Doula, who graduated from the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Toronto Canada in 2016.  She is a hospice volunteer and a dying well advocate.  Lisa provides thoughtful and respectful guidance and support to families with the goal to ease the journey from care and grief towards acceptance and healing.