A little bit about me....
~ The journey here
As an end of life consultant,I have directly cared for many people dying; supported grieving families and friends through a time of transition; written and presented my own mother's eulogy and have been a funeral celebrant for some very special people...
It was with this background, and passion, that my business, End of Life Transitions evolved.
After spending many years as a health professional working in aged and palliative care, I was aware that whilst community and hospital healthcare teams were providing the clinical expertise for end-of-life care, there were significant periods of time where the dying person and their loved ones were having to negotiate, by themselves, the transition of dying , often feeling quite 'alone', somewhat daunted and sometimes 'scared'... this was whether the person was at home, in hospital or in a nursing home..
For the person who is dying there is a genuine need to provide spiritual & emotional support which allows an avenue for expressing 'what is most important' to that person; what are their priorities and what choices do they wish to make during this end of life transition; and
For the dying person's loved ones - it is important to know that they are 'not walking this journey alone' and that this experience can be shared through informing, guidance and support . (END OF LIFE DOULA)
"You delivered the service beautifully" [J]
"Hello Jacqui, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you did, could not have done this without you.. you are such a special person. Thank you again for everything." [D]
"Dear Jacqui, many thanks indeed for your extra ordinarily thoughtful and caring Eulogy for the funeral of my Dear late brother...it surely couldn't have been composed with more empathy and sincerity. It seems I now have met someone new with a big heart like [my] brother" [H]
Personally I have experienced the loss of very close family members and friends - some who had expected deaths and some whose deaths were sudden and unplanned.
I have known the extreme pain felt in losing someone who was part of the very fabric of who I am as a person, and acknowledge that the sadness, sense of loss and grief I have felt was a symbol of the love that I felt for the person who has died.
These losses have allowed me time to reflect and to appreciate the uniqueness of each individual person and how very important it is to have a ceremony that pays tribute to the person who has died.
And it is through ceremony and rituals that we can capture a loved one's 'story' and pay tribute to the life that has been lost.
So it is with this in mind that, if I am chosen as your Funeral Celebrant, I promise to co-create and craft a service that will leave a memorable 'gift' of the person you loved....
End of Life Transitions also evolved from my desire to create a highly personalised funeral experience where, with the loved ones, I co-create a "story" - whether a short or long life; whether a story of sadness or celebration, or both - that leaves the bereaved with a 'positive' lasting memory of the life that has been lost. (FUNERAL CELEBRANT)
If you would like to discuss End of Life Doula or Funeral Celebrant services that I offer, please either call me on 0402 496 360 or send me an email via my Contact page. I will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours. If urgent please call me.
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