Death Doula Ottawa


end of life care


“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. 





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


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


›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


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:

  • Support during the last days of life, in person or by phone

  • Respite care for family members


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.



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. 


Debbie Charboneau

Debbie is an End-of-Life Shaman, guiding the dying and their loved ones to empower them with grace and dignity through the end-of-life process. She is a graduate of the Algonquin College Palliative Care Program and the Traditional Healer Internship of Kathleen Leeson, RH, a Shamanic Healer and Registered Herbalist. Using Wisdom and/or Shamanic Traditions, Debbie considers it an honour to assist each person according to their own beliefs in accessing the lessons, wisdom, love, transformation and healing available as one faces death.


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.


Joey Ward

Joey is a certified End of Life Doula (EOLD), a graduate from Douglas College and a retired geriatric nurse. She provides mediation, emotional support and advocacy to ensure that the dying person's wishes are honoured. Facing the last transition in life can be a very emotional and challenging time for the dying and their loved ones. Joey considers it an honour to hold space in that journey and does so with compassion and integrity. Joey also specializes in meditation, relaxation massage and laughter yoga, which she incorporates, when appropriate, in her practice.