Over recent years I walked beside my beloved as he fought with cancer, supporting him through many treatments and his choices and decisions, finally through the euthanasia process, and up to the moment he died. The privilege of being present through so many differing emotions during this time, and the final peace and acceptance it afforded, opened the way for me to support other friends through their own dying and death.
Having supported the birthing process as a Doula over many years, I now feel I have come full circle and I have much to offer as an end-of-life Doula. I am comfortable with death and understand the wish to die at home. I hope to support the dying person to be as resolved with life, relationships and emotions as possible, and to feel peace and dignity at that time. I support, honour and respect the choices of the dying person. It is also helpful for family and friends to be able to be with the person who is in the process of dying, fully and with acceptance in the last hours and days.
We all seek peace. A good dying experience can offer peace to the one dying and to the family and friends offering loving support at that time. A hand reaches out, and our hearts open.
I work independently and if desired I work with partners, such as Richard van Roessel, an undertaker with Maestro-Uitvaarders.