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Navigating a serious or terminal illness
of a loved one is hard

Let me help you find

peace in your journey


Hi, I'm Deborah

I'm a CareDoula, specializing in support for those facing serious or life-limiting illness

I've been a nurse for over 30 years, with at least 15 years of experience as a hospice nurse. After my father's death, I realized how important it is for people and their families to have support when establishing an end-of-life plan of care. Whether you have just been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness or are nearing end of life, I want to help. I care about maximizing your quality of life, and will assist you with living to the fullest.


CareDoulas also support families who are navigating this sacred time. I bring both you and your family much needed R.E.S.T.: Resources, Education, Support, and Teaching. Call me now to plan, so I can help you live your remaining days with purpose and dignity. Let me bring peace in your journey. 

Holding Hands

What is the role of a CareDoula?

Emotional Support

CareDoulas are trained to provide emotional support to both the sick person and their family members. This includes active listening, offering comfort, and providing a safe space for them to express their feelings.

Creating a Peaceful Environment 

CareDoulas have special training in creating an environment of peace for people and families facing serious and life-limiting illness.

Providing Guidance

& Education 

CareDoulas specialize in helping families navigate the end of life, educate about available options, and assist with making decisions

  • What is the role of an end-of-life care doula, and how does it differ from other forms of support?
    An end-of-life care doula, also known as an end-of-life doula or death doula, is a trained and compassionate individual who provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support to individuals and their families during the dying process. Their role is distinct from other forms of support in several ways: Emotional Support: End-of-life care doulas focus on creating a safe and comforting environment for the dying person and their loved ones. They offer emotional support by listening, providing companionship, and helping individuals and families process their feelings and fears associated with death and dying. Advocacy: Doulas act as advocates for the wishes and needs of the dying person. They help ensure that the person's end-of-life choices and preferences are respected and followed by medical professionals and caregivers. Education: End-of-life doulas often educate the dying person and their family about the dying process, including what to expect physically and emotionally. They may provide information on available care options, helping individuals make informed decisions. Complementary Care: Doulas offer complementary care that focuses on holistic well-being. This may involve practices such as guided meditation, relaxation techniques, and aromatherapy to ease physical and emotional distress. Continuity of Care: Unlike healthcare professionals who may rotate in and out of a patient's care, doulas provide continuous support. They are typically available around the clock, ensuring that the dying person and their family have a consistent source of comfort and guidance. Rituals and Ceremonies: End-of-life care doulas often assist with creating meaningful rituals and ceremonies that help the individual and their loved ones find closure, celebrate life, and say their goodbyes. Post-Death Support: Doulas may continue to offer support after the person has passed away, helping with tasks such as arranging memorial services, connecting the family with grief counseling resources, and providing ongoing emotional support. In contrast, other forms of support during the end-of-life process may include medical care provided by doctors, nurses, and hospice teams, as well as counseling services offered by therapists and social workers. While these professionals play crucial roles in managing physical symptoms and providing psychological support, end-of-life doulas offer a more holistic and personalized approach that focuses on the emotional and spiritual aspects of dying. Their goal is to ensure a peaceful and dignified transition for the dying person and their loved ones, emphasizing the importance of a compassionate and human-centered approach to end-of-life care.
  • What is the typical duration of your services as an end-of-life doula
    The duration of services provided by an end-of-life doula can vary depending on the individual needs and preferences of the dying person and their family. End-of-life doulas offer emotional, practical, and sometimes spiritual support to individuals and their loved ones during the dying process. The length of their involvement may be determined by factors such as the person's illness, the stage of their illness, and their specific goals and desires. Some individuals may engage the services of an end-of-life doula for a relatively short period, such as a few weeks or months leading up to their death, to help with planning, provide companionship, and offer emotional support. Others may choose to have the support of an end-of-life doula for a longer duration, especially if their illness is chronic and the dying process is expected to be more gradual. Ultimately, the duration of an end-of-life doula's services is tailored to the unique needs and wishes of the person and their family. It's important for individuals and families to have open discussions with the doula to determine how long they would like to receive support and what specific services they require. This allows for a customized approach to meet the individual's end-of-life goals and provide comfort during a challenging time.
  • What suggestions do you have for creating a comforting and peaceful environment for the patient?
    Creating a comforting and peaceful environment for a patient is essential for their well-being and recovery. Here are some suggestions to achieve this: Cleanliness and Organization: Ensure the patient's room is clean, well-organized, and clutter-free. A tidy space can promote a sense of calm and control. Comfortable Bedding: Provide a comfortable and clean bed with soft sheets and pillows. Adjustable beds can be helpful for patients with mobility issues. Natural Light: If possible, maximize access to natural light during the day. Natural light can improve mood and help regulate sleep patterns. Temperature Control: Maintain a comfortable room temperature, and allow the patient to control it if possible. Provide blankets or fans for personal comfort. Noise Control: Minimize noise disturbances by using soundproofing materials, closing doors gently, and establishing quiet hours. Offer earplugs or noise-canceling headphones if needed. Personal Touch: Encourage the patient to bring personal items like photos, mementos, or a favorite blanket to make the environment feel more familiar and comforting. Aromatherapy: Use calming scents like lavender or chamomile through essential oils, diffusers, or scented candles (if allowed). Ensure the patient is not allergic or sensitive to specific scents. Soft Colors: Choose soft and soothing color schemes for the room's decor. Colors like pastel blues, greens, or neutrals can promote relaxation. Art and Nature: Decorate the room with artwork, potted plants, or nature-themed decor to create a visually appealing and peaceful atmosphere. Privacy: Respect the patient's need for privacy by providing curtains or screens and ensuring that staff members knock before entering. Comfortable Seating: If there's room, provide comfortable seating for visitors and encourage family and friends to visit and spend time with the patient. Entertainment: Offer options for entertainment, such as a television, books, magazines, or puzzles to help pass the time and distract from discomfort. Access to Information: Ensure the patient has access to information about their condition, treatment plan, and staff contact information for any questions or concerns. Supportive Staff: Train healthcare staff to be respectful, compassionate, and attentive to the patient's needs and concerns. A caring attitude can greatly contribute to a comforting environment. Routine and Control: Establish a daily routine for the patient, which can create a sense of predictability and control over their surroundings. Pain Management: If applicable, ensure that the patient's pain is adequately managed. Pain can cause anxiety and disrupt a peaceful environment. Emotional Support: Offer emotional support through counseling services, support groups, or the presence of a mental health professional if needed. Accessibility: Ensure that the room and facilities are accessible for patients with mobility challenges. This includes handrails, non-slip flooring, and accessible bathrooms. Food and Nutrition: Provide nutritious and appealing meals tailored to the patient's dietary preferences and restrictions. Communication: Maintain open and clear communication with the patient and their family regarding their care plan and any changes in their condition.
  • What specific types of emotional and practical support do you offer to patients and their families as an end of life doula?
    As an end-of-life doula, the support you offer to patients and their families is comprehensive, encompassing emotional, practical, and informational aspects. Your primary goal is to ensure that the end-of-life experience is as comfortable and meaningful as possible. Here are some specific types of support you may provide: Emotional Support: Active listening: Be there to listen to the patient's fears, concerns, and feelings without judgment or interruption. Emotional validation: Validate the patient's emotions and help them navigate the complex emotional landscape of facing the end of life. Comfort and companionship: Offer a compassionate presence, helping patients feel less alone during this challenging time. Encouragement: Provide motivation and support for patients to express their wishes, communicate with loved ones, and engage in meaningful conversations. Practical Support: Care planning: Assist in developing a personalized end-of-life care plan that respects the patient's wishes and values. Coordination: Help coordinate with healthcare professionals, hospice providers, and other support services to ensure the patient's needs are met. Daily living assistance: Offer practical help with tasks like meal preparation, medication management, and personal care to enhance the patient's comfort. Respite care: Provide family caregivers with breaks to prevent burnout and allow them to recharge. Informational Support: Education: Provide information about the dying process, available resources, and end-of-life options to empower patients and families to make informed decisions. Advance care planning: Assist in discussing and documenting advance directives, living wills, and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders to ensure the patient's wishes are followed. End-of-life options: Help patients explore and understand their options for pain management, symptom control, and comfort care. Bereavement support: Offer information and resources on grief and bereavement for both patients and families. Spiritual and Cultural Support: Spiritual guidance: Respect and support the patient's spiritual and religious beliefs, offering guidance and rituals if desired. Cultural sensitivity: Recognize and honor cultural practices and traditions that are important to the patient and their family. Meaning-making: Assist in finding meaning and purpose in the end-of-life journey, helping patients reflect on their lives and relationships. Legacy and Memory Work: Legacy projects: Help patients create lasting memories and legacies, such as writing letters, recording videos, or preserving family stories. Memory sharing: Facilitate opportunities for patients to share their life stories and wisdom with loved ones. Remember that the support provided by an end-of-life doula is highly individualized, tailored to the unique needs and wishes of each patient and family. The overarching aim is to promote comfort, dignity, and peace during this sensitive and profound phase of life.

I have always cared so deeply for loved ones and families who are experiencing such a difficult time in their lives...

When we chose hospice for my dad, I was able to draw on my many years' experience caring for dying people to provide support to my own family members. It is my honor and privilege to walk alongside you as you navigate a very difficult and painful time. You don't need to go through this alone - I care deeply about helping you find peace in your journey.


It’s never an easy thing knowing you’re close to losing someone you love. I was struggling hard dealing with her being sick & knowing I was soon not going to have her around. I was also struggling because my Grandmother was a go getter & she loved doing everything for herself so it was hard for her not being able to do what she loved to do, also it was hard for her because she wanted to live. Deborah, you  put a smile on her face every day that she saw you & even on the days when you called to check in to see how things were going, whenever she might have felt a little bad & I reached out to you with suggestions on anything to help you were always there, I never ever had a problem with getting in touch with you. You put the biggest smile on my Grandmother’s face & anytime she let you take pictures with her especially without her teeth in (LOL) that meant she truly loved & cared about you.  I will forever be grateful to you for being there for my Grandmother “My favorite girl” & myself. That’s one thing that keeps a smile on my face is knowing she knew we together did the best we could to make her end of life journey a peaceful one. Thank you always Deborah & God Bless you & your family." -Nerita

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