Photo by Sean Toohey

Sharing our deaths with our loved ones and communities can bear gifts beyond measure.

I become interested in family-led death care in 2012 when participating in the home funeral and burial of my father. I felt it was a gift from my father to care for him this way. I felt empowered to help others that wish to care for their own family and community members in dying and after death. In 2019, I studied and earned a certificate in the Art of Death Midwifery with Olivia Bareham in Los Angeles and in 2021 a certificate in Community Deathcare from Anne-Marie Keppel’s Village Deathcare Citizen Training. I am a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and have passed the NEDA proficiency test in Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies for End-of-Life Doulas. I am on the board of the National Home Funeral Alliance, a 501(c)3 that educates and empowers families and communities to care for their own dead. I am also a meditator and studied buddhism and meditation at Shambhala Los Angeles. I teach introductory meditation and facilitate contemplative discussion groups. I live in Portland, Maine, which was settled on the traditional territory of the Wabanaki Confederacy, with my husband and daughter.