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Caregiver pushing woman in wheelchair outside |  | Grace-in-the-Leaving with Laura Hoekstra | End-of-Life Doula Services | Grand Rapids, MI

End-of-Life Offerings

Someone somewhere planned for your birth.

Pregnancy calendars may have tracked your growth. There were timelines given, as well as what to expect when you are expecting and what to expect during delivery and after.

Now it is time to plan for your death.

You can do this at any time in your life but it is especially important when facing a life-limiting illness or disease.

I am honored to provide non-medical support throughout three main phases of the end-of-life journey

End-of-Life Doula Services

For you . . .

  • Talking with you about dying and helping you identify your wishes

  • Helping you plan for what you want after your death (for example, how you want your body cared for and the type of funeral or memorial service)

  • Explaining how dying may feel and what symptoms you may experience

  • Working with you to find meaning in your life and how you want to be remembered by sharing memories, writing down stories, writing letters for loved ones, and helping you with your “Bucket List”

  • Designing the physical space for your death, including the arrangement of furniture, items of special significance, music or other sounds, and smells

  • Providing comfort measures such as Reiki/comfort touch massage, music, reading, guided visualization,  aromatherapy, and breath work

  • Encouraging your loved ones to provide touch and affection, holding space and awareness as you transition

  • Helping organize a vigil; participating in holding a quiet, respectful space during your final days and hours

  • Mediation and advocacy with family and serving as liaison with your medical team, hospice team, staff at care facilities, funeral home staff, and more

  • Providing spiritual support as well as creating and leading rituals that honor your traditions, beliefs, and practices