A little more about why I certified as an End of Life Doula...
Core values - creating in my profession as a classical musician - creating new programmes, methodologies, term of reference, in my home, graphics design,
serving - as a classical musician/Life Coach/community -
Create ritual as part of holding space in flute practice (10,000 hours +), music performances (2500 + concerts), teaching (7000 hours on one-one teaching, life coaching (174 hours of one-one coaching, 78 hours group coaching), facilitating/presenting workshops (57 hours) across the country and as a volunteer with Calgary Phil, Cochrane Humane Society, Red River Relief, Mennonite Central Committee, and more.
William Bennett - mentor...worked together for 12 years in the summer - world renowned and mentored me...died unexpectedly the world mourned...and I spent many hours creating memorial video (youtube link) and pulled together many archive video footage and compiled a 8 video series NFa bla bla
I wish I had known about a EoLD option so as to offer more support for his widow.
Oma and Opa
My dearest dog Freddie died very unexpectedly at the age of 7 in December 2022 of a blood clotting disorder. He was fine, running around on his afternoon walk, and when I returned home from teaching that night he was ready for bed as always. Things shifted quite dramatically and I took him to the vet hospital, advocated for him (as he seemed his usual self) and left him there overnight to be observed and for test to continue. The short version is that even with significant medical intervention, many calls with vet and other people who loved Freddie, it seemed clear that my daughter should fly home from Halifax as soon as possible if she wanted to say goodbye.