We are all just walking each other home
| End of Life Guide | Death Educator & Advocate | End of Life Doula | Funeral Celebrant | Grief and Loss Navigator |
I consider myself practically a Gold Coast local, originally from Wellington, New Zealand, but having lived here now for the past 20 years. In my work, I value the privilege of being of service in my local community.
What I bring to this role is over a decade of applied experience in providing heart centred support, service, care and advocacy for families and individuals at end of life stages. I have also committed 25+ years to my personal and professional development, ongoing research and industry relevant formal 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 was experiential, as a result of my hands on role as caregiver to my younger sister, after journeying alongside her through a terminal illness. Throughout this extended period of living with cancer, navigating treatment options and making decisions on end of life options, I experienced first hand the empowerment of seeking and having access to information, education and personalised choices.
Upon the death of my sister, I came to see 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 profound need to live, even whilst dying. 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, to assist with pre-planning end of life options, running workshops and providing space for grief journeying and expression of emotions through grief circles.
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, as a 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, volunteered with disability, 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 their end of life.
I truly see supporting others at the end of life as the most fulfilling and life affirming role I could ever undertake.
Lisa is unique and has the intuitive ability to deliver her service for you just as you had imagined, with love, compassion and a deep understanding of this time in the journey of life and death.Lisa's presence in the room was refreshing and genuine, she connected with my whanau and friends instantly, giving them peace of mind, trust and a feeling of peace as she enlightened us all with her beautiful delivery of words about death and the journey of life that affects us all. Her gentle and clear voice, authentic delivery and presentation, her holistic intuition, ability to listen, fill in the gaps and deliver such a heartfelt ceremony for my Dad was my dream send off.
S. THOMPSON, POTTSVILLE (MEMORIAL SERVICE)
Lisa is unique and has the intuitive ability to deliver her service for you just as you had imagined, with love, compassion and a deep understanding of this time in the journey of life and death.
Lisa's presence in the room was refreshing and genuine, she connected with my whanau and friends instantly, giving them peace of mind, trust and a feeling of peace as she enlightened us all with her beautiful delivery of words about death and the journey of life that affects us all. Her gentle and clear voice, authentic delivery and presentation, her holistic intuition, ability to listen, fill in the gaps and deliver such a heartfelt ceremony for my Dad was my dream send off.
My Grandfather recently passed away and Lisa was so wonderful, kind and compassionate. Her support and guidance through this difficult time was really appreciated. My whole family was blown away with how amazing Lisa was. We honestly thought the service was so beautiful and she delivered a perfect combination of warmth, humour, support and compassion.
My Grandfather would have been so grateful, and so are we. Lisa, we cannot thank you enough!
An amazing professional - we filmed Lisa as she conducted a lengthy Memorial Service, with an attendance of 250 people, and she never missed a beat even though she was dealing with her own grief at the time. We look forward to working with her again.
With the information and brief background I was able to share with Lisa about my Mum, Lisa produced the most wonderful service content. She truly captured the essence of Mum and wow, I wish I had the ability to put to paper what Lisa had written - it was touching and funny in all the right places.
Lisa was so warm and approachable and we really appreciated all of the little things she did to make the service memorable for me and my family. I highly recommend her to anyone that needs assistance in their time of sorrow, she is a very talented lady. All of my family who watched the recording afterwards commented on how well she spoke and how meaningful the content was.
S. THOMPSON, POTTSVILLE (MEMORIAL SERVICE)
JUNE 2020 - L. AIRD, GOLD COAST (FUNERAL SERVICE)
AUG 2019 - TASTEFUL TRANSITIONS, VIDEOGRAPHER
DEC 2019 - C. KROPP, GOODNA (FUNERAL SERVICE)