End of Life Mastery
| End of Life Guide | Death Educator & Advocate | Death Doula | Funeral Celebrant | Grief and Loss Counsellor |
I consider myself practically a Gold Coast local, originally from Wellington, New Zealand, but having lived here now for the past 20 years. What I bring to this business is over a decade of applied experience in providing heart entered support, service, care and advocacy for families and individuals at end of life stages. I have also committed 25+ years to personal and professional development, research and industry relevant study.
I first discovered my desire to demystify and normalise dying and death at a fairly young age, after experiencing several significant deaths in my immediate family. Undoubtedly my greatest knowledge developed experientially from my hands on role as caregiver to my younger sister, after journeying alongside her through a terminal illness. Throughout this extended period of illness, navigating treatment options and end of life options, I experienced first hand the empowerment of access to information, education and personalised choices.
Upon the death of my sister, I realised that I had ‘midwifed’ her through all of the end of life stages, through a terminal illness diagnosis, treatment options, holistic care, bedside vigiling, funeral preparation and a home wake. There was great clarity for me, in the value of supporting and creating meaning throughout the entire journey, the transition from life to death. The experience of this caregiving journey has been documented in my book, Many Rivers to Cross.
In my current role, I serve to educate and support my community in dealing with end of life processes. This includes providing services as an end of life doula, a death educator, mentor and advocate, a life transition celebrant for funeral and memorial services and supporting others through grief and loss journeys.
My formal qualifications include a diploma of counselling, a post graduate qualification in palliative care, and a degree in applied theatre (performance) and I am a current member of the Australian Funeral Celebrants Association. I have worked previously as a Funeral Director, volunteered with hospice, currently volunteer with a not for profit supporting people living with chronic illness, have hosted Death Cafes, facilitated educational workshops and information sessions, led dramatherapy workshops, alongside consistently upskilling with diverse reading, industry relevant training, workshops and professional development.
With a benevolent work ethic, my specific qualifications, hands on industry experience and a unique personal background, I am a compassionate and relatable guide and companion for those facing end of life challenges. I truly see supporting others at the end of life as the most fulfilling and life affirming role I could ever undertake.