I've been a registered nurse for 27 years; 22 years as an oncology nurse, and almost 6 years, as a hospice nurse. I love being a nurse; I have received so many gifts through my experiences.
Professionally, I have always been pulled to the dying; when I worked in the hospital, I always wanted to be the one to take care of the patient who was passing, and who had the "large group" of loved ones in the room.
Personally, I have had many losses in my family. When my younger sister died of MS at 34 years old, it had such an impact on my life then, and continues to, to this day. I knew that, if I, with all of my experience, still felt scared and lost through this process called death; imagine what others go through, who have never experienced anything like this before. I wanted to help.
I've always felt like I could make a difference in helping people through this process; understanding that although the loss is so very painful on the heart; that there is beauty and meaning in that experience.
Hence; in December 2019, I attended the INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association) training, to become an End of Life Doula. For me; the idea, and the honor of being an End of Life Doula, felt like a breath of fresh air; it is what I am meant to do, and I look forward to this work.
Dying is a very important part of living; just as birth is, and it deserve's presence, attention, and love, because it will always be with us, and it will always be in our heart.