A Death Doula’s Adventures in Life and Death

My work as a birth and death doula has provided a fascinating perspective on not only these hallowed bookends of life, but how the very existence of these marking points shape the reality of life which grows between them. Have you ever thought about this? About how birth and death are the delineation points, the[…]

Death Doula’s Toolbox: Herbal Education – Hawthorn is for Heartbreak (and more!)

I’m excited that 2017 will see the introduction of my new Herbal Education for Death and Mourning Doulas Program, which will wonderfully supplement our existing death and mourning doula trainings. In support of that initiative, I will be blogging about one herb each month, focusing on both scientific and/or folkloric beliefs about the use of[…]

The Conversation You Aren’t Having

Death is a somewhat taboo topic in our society, and this is in many ways unfortunate. Have you had a conversation about death with your loved ones?   If you haven’t done so, it can deeply impact your final days, cause you and your loved ones a lot of grief, and cost your estate a[…]

Is Embalming Necessary?

In the US embalming is rarely legally required.   The purpose of embalming is to slow the process of decomposition, however in many instances refrigeration does just as good a job.    Refrigeration can slow the process by days, whereas the embalming process can slow it by weeks.   Here is some basic info: Embalming[…]