Hello, I’m Rachel…here to help you!
I’m a End of Life & Transitional Doula
As human beings, we all experience difficult transitions and heartbreak. Hiring an End of Life Doula will help to empower, guide you, and advocate with and for you, and that is priceless.
My career started with the Pattison Funeral Home in Medicine Hat in 1999. I quickly fell in love with the services and care that our funeral team provided. I had been asked on numerous occasions how I could work in an industry that was so sad. From my point of view, this question I viewed as incorrect. Yes, we did work with a lot of individuals who were grieving. At the same time, we worked with people who loved and honored each other so much that the by-product of such devotion in death was sadness. Glennon Doyle illustrated it best when she stated, “It’s our proof that we once loved. Grief is the receipt we wave in the air that says to the world: Look! Love was once mine”. I genuinely believe that I have worked with people who have loved hard and loved fiercely. It is an honor to be able to serve the grieving.
After leaving the funeral industry, I began a portrait photography company that specialized in capturing the love and adoration of my client’s most intimate family milestones. After a decade and a chronic shoulder injury, I returned my attention to my first passion, supporting individuals and families in grief.
In 2019, I continued my education in grief support. I received my certificate from Douglas College as an End of Life Doula. I recently finished my certifications in conflict resolution with eCornell University and am completing a course from Yale on the Science of Wellbeing.
I live in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and am a devoted wife and mother. In my spare time, I can be found reading, playing the piano, and taking in the beauty around me by continuing photography.
Can I assist you?…↓
I have helped many individuals and families navigate through the journey of heartbreak, grief and preparing for the end of life’s journey.
Transitions can be difficult, Let’s make it as comfortable as possible.
Let me do the leg work and bring you as much information as you would like to make informed decisions.
Hiring an End of Life Doula during this time allows you to do the important task of grieving and not worry so much about all of the other duties required. Need some errands ran? Sure I’ve got that covered. Do you need someone to take notes during important appointments with specialists? I can do that! Are you looking for all the available resources in your town? Just let me know, I will take care of that for you. Are you unable to get to town to visit your loved one? I can visit and spend quality time with them. Are you wondering where to start when it comes to packing up their home and belongings? I have suggestions to make and will help you carry out what you decide.
I am not here to influence your choices. I am here to facilitate your and your family’s wishes and decisions.
Are you wanting to learn how to take care of some of these things yourself?
Samsara offers a collection of workshops designed to empower you so that you can feel inspired to take charge during these difficult transitions.
Workshops run every month. Topics vary from advanced care planning, writing your own obituary, bucket lists, and legacy projects. Check back often to see what we are offering. Do you have a suggestion? Please drop me a line, as I would love to hear your recommendations.
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Hello, I’m Rachel….here to help!
End of Life & Transitional Doula
Samsara provides personalized end of life, transitional and loss care