Being an End of Life Doula is a natural next step of the journey I have been on for years in caring for patients and family during the end of life process. I was trained as a nurse and worked in the ICU for several years before I landed a job working in home hospice. There I found my niche. Being able to provide information that was comforting to the patient and family, utilizing my nursing skills and being a calm presence in the midst of what was sometimes a very turbulent time has been so rewarding. Working with hospice I have learned that the final steps of the journey for many individuals include more than the essentials of making a person physically comfortable. This is truly a spiritual and sacred journey. Allowing the patient to express his/her/their wishes on how to proceed are essential. I truly consider it a privilege and honor to accompany patients and families in these final steps. While I no longer wish to work full-time, I definitely wish to continue my work with patients at the end of life as well as their families. As an End of Life Doula I wlll be there to support the patient and family emotionally and spiritually. I will be able to offer support and suggestions to ensure the patient is comfortable. I will also serve as a resource person to help connect the patient and family to community services for planning and making funeral arrangements. If you have any questions or I can be of service to you, please feel free to contact me.