End of Life Alternatives

I am here to help you navigate the end of life process – because we all have choices, right up until the day we die.

End of Life Alternatives

I am here to help you navigate the end of life process – because we all have choices, right up until the day we die.

Wouldn't it be nice...

… if we had documented plans in place in case we can’t speak for ourselves? 

… to know our options around death and dying?

… to learn about money-saving alternatives?

… to tell people what they mean to us while we still can?

… to make amends before the end?

… to have a companion to help you fulfill your “bucket list” wishes?

Wouldn’t you like to be a part of planning your future, even if it is the end stage?

We celebrate birth and other significant events in our life. Now it’s time to think about celebrating our end stage as well.

I will help with almost anything else you can dream up!

"When we found out that my mom had cancer, it was the most overwhelming time of my life! Not only emotionally but all the to-do's that needed to be done. There were so many things to do that would have never occurred to me, more than I could have imagined, all the while processing and grieving my loss and being there for my dad, brother and our family and friends. Jo-Anne stood beside us every step of the way, both my mom, myself and our loved ones. Jo-Anne's compassionate heart, sensitivity and easy going nature made her very easy to talk to. She provided a shoulder to lean on when I didn't feel strong enough. She was poised and very professional when it came to serious moments, plans and difficult conversations that needed to be had. She gave the perfect balance of support and space. I really can't say enough about the impact Jo-Anne's presence and service had on my mother, myself and my family during the most challenging time we have ever had to face. Thank you, Jo-Anne."
Kari Laker
Daughter of client
"Our experience with Jo-Anne during the terminal illness of our sister, Jan was so comforting. She was there through it all with loving support and guidance in all areas. From simple tasks of helping with meals or errands to more significant tasks of final arrangements and family requests. Her hands-on caring for our sister and ourselves was all from her heart. She was willing to do whatever she could to ease Jan’s and our lives in her last days.
Jo-Anne’s positive, uplifting presence gave us all a sense of peace and harmony, enhancing those special moments with Jan. Moments I will treasure all my days to come. Thank you so much Jo-Anne for all your selfless love and caring."

Cathy Halsall
Sister of client

Our Services

Our services are evolving. I am happy to provide you with more details during our consultation.

Advance Care Planning

A will comes into effect when you die.

An Advance Care Plan is a written document stating your wishes should you become unable to speak for yourself. This will take the stress off of your loved ones and ensure your wishes are honored. This also includes important Representation Agreements.

Living Legacies

A living legacy can be created by recording your life stories, lessons, sentiments, memories, and traditions.

Legacies convey what we want remaining generations to know and understand about our life experiences. They help us remember and heal as we carry on.

Celebration of Life

Wouldn’t it be nice for you to have an active part in planning your own celebration of life?

I will put a slide show/video together using your personally selected photographs and music.

You will then have an opportunity to watch this with close family and friends. It can then be shown at your “real” celebration of life.

General Errands

You may need help with everyday chores such as light house cleaning, grocery shopping, arranging various appointments, transportation to/from appointments and/or accompaniment at those appointments. 

I am open to discussing your various needs and will assist where I can.

Research & Resources

I will help develop a list of local resources you can utilize as well as research money saving alternatives with things such as care options or  funeral, burial or cremation services available.  

Conversation Facilitation

I will help organize and facilitate conversations with your family and friends so you can let them know your wishes and  discuss your thoughts, desires, fears, make amends, and even forgive before it’s too late.

Bucket List Companion

No doubt there are things you wish you had time to do. There are ways I can help you  knock off some of those “ I wish I had dones…”

 – our story –

Meet Jo-Anne

I am an End of Life Doula & Consultant.

The word “doula” is from a Greek term describing women who serve.

The concept of an end-of-life or “death” doula is part of an emerging trend on how to re-imagine and approach death.

I have  successfully made a living helping people rebuild their lives after tragedy has  struck and my own experiences with loss,  helping others reconcile loss and walking along with those taking the journey has strengthened and encouraged me to work with others to help them find their voice and make their own choices about what is best for them.

Through my own personal experiences I have gained insight into the gaps in the end of life process, and I want to help you prepare for this journey and navigate through the obstacles.

My role is to support and assist the dying person, their families, and friends through the end of life process – in a non-medical, non-judgmental, and compassionate way.

My objective is to help you control your end of life the same way you control your prime of life.

 

 

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contact

Please email me with any inquiries - J o-anne@eola.ca or call/text me at (250) 215-6817

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