Working with Lisa changed my whole perspective on death and dying. I was supporting my friend through a terminal illness and contacted the Ottawa Death Doula’s to help navigate the very difficult decisions and discussions to have around end of life. We all know how we don’t want to die (e.g. in an emergency room hallway) but there isn’t as much dialogue around how to have a peaceful and beautiful death. I learned how to discuss dying at home, moving to hospice, supporting other family members, and where to lay ashes to rest. It was particularly meaningful to talk through what someone wants to hear, see, feel, smell during their last breathes.
Being able to honour my friends last wishes truly brought us peace and helped our grieving process.