Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to book a service after the initial consultation?
No, the initial consultation is, first and foremost, a chance for me to answer your questions and discuss how my services can help you. You are not obligated to book any services after the consultation.
Does insurance cover end of life doula services?
Unfortunately, it is not a covered service at this time. There is hope and work being done for it to, some day, become a reimbursed service.
Do I need to be on hospice to take part in your services?
Certainly not. First, advance care planning is recommended for ALL adults, 18 years and older, as death is not always predictable. Unplanned death wishes and arrangements can leave families and loved ones with conflict and strain. Having all of your wishes and choices written down can alleviate those challenges. Second, I provide supportive care to people at any stage of their diagnosis whether you are receiving hospice care, curative care or palliative care. However, end of life doulas provide non-medical care, so it is advisable to have a relationship with a healthcare provider or team that manages palliation (symptoms) for your disease process. Third, grief and bereavement does not have a time frame. I believe grief stays with us always and represents the love we had for those who have passed. Anticipatory grief, including the grief and anxiety you feel about your own mortality, can be a big cause of stress. I am here to support and guide you in all things end of life, death and grief.
What if I can't afford your services but desperately need assistance?
Reach out and email me. I am currently working on a sliding scale to offer my services to all clients regardless of your financial situation. And if I cannot directly help, I will do whatever I can to connect you to other resources that will be beneficial.
How do you accept payments?
You may pay in cash, check or credit card. I use PayPal as my card payment system. You do not need to have a PayPal account to receive the invoice and make a payment. There is a 3% fee for using a credit card (through PayPal). Payment for services are due within 30 days of booking. Payment plans can be discussed on an individual basis.
How do clients decide which services to purchase?
Every client is different and their needs are different. The initial consultation will help us determine what your preferences and needs are. Some clients purchase a few hours per week of doula care in a package, to be used as a respite shift, companionship, assistance to an appointment, grief processing, legacy project work, etc. Others book my service to help with advance care planning and assistance with getting family and loved ones on the same page with the end of life plan. Please feel free to Contact me with any questions!
What are your credentials?
I am certified as an end of life doula from Lifespan Doulas and received my proficiency badge from the National End of Life Doula Alliance. I am also member of the International End of Life Doula Association and the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts. I am a registered nurse in MA (RN2286066) with a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Worcester State University. Although my role as an End of Life Doula is in a non-medical capacity, my experience as a nurse and an educator has contributed much to my unique set of skills. To see more about my qualifications, click here for my LinkedIn account, or feel free to ask me any questions.
Why the dandelion?
Some say the sailing white seedlings of a dandelion represent messages sent to our loved ones. Others see them as a chance to make a wish; the yellow flower representing the sun, the white fluff representing the moon, and the seedlings are the stars we wish upon. But I see dandelions as a delicate yet very resilient flower. Dandelions thrive in many different conditions. They remind me that life is short and you never know where the wind may take you. And if you trust the process, trust your self and your higher power, you'll see that we never really leave our loved ones. We may not look the same, but our essence is transformed into something new with every change of the seasons.