A New England native, I lived in the Bay Area for 25 years before moving to Portland, OR in 2020. I've worked in HIV prevention, addiction treatment, and helped conduct clinical psychiatric research at UCSF and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
While researching mortuary school as a possible new career direction, I found information about the death positivity movement and the inspiring work of End Of Life Doulas. The deeply personal services provided by doulas seemed like a crucial area of need for society. My goal is to help folks explore meaningful opportunities to feel more empowered while learning to be less fearful about death and the natural process of dying.
The honor of serving others to prevent suffering is truly joyful work for me.
Born and raised in Sacramento, I’ve lived in California my entire life. As the daughter of a Methodist pastor and public school teacher, the value of compassion and a love for serving others has long been instilled in me. I have a deep passion for storytelling, and studied media arts with an emphasis in filmmaking at the University of California, San Diego. Currently I work as a freelance photographer and video producer.
The death of my maternal grandparents awoke in me the desire for a better approach to death and dying. As a family member, I didn’t feel educated or supported as I witnessed them dying, and it seemed like they didn’t have the support they needed, either. Thus began my personal quest to create positive death experiences, for both myself and those around me.
I specialize in legacy projects: working with clients to conduct a life review, and then collaborating on whatever creative project is desired, be it a photo essay, a video, an art installation, or a living funeral. As a doula, I am here to support your process around death and dying, and honor the complexity of emotions surrounding this time of life. As a creative, I am here to support personal discovery and enable you to tell your unique life story.