I'm Meghan. I live in Pownal, Maine with my husband, 2 children and many pets. I earned my professional certification as an End of Life Doula from the University of Vermont. I am a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and have passed the NEDA proficiency test in Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies for End-of-Life Doulas.
The ancient Greek word Doula is defined as "a woman who serves". Often people associate the word Doula with someone who assists a woman and baby through pregnancy and birth. Being in the presence of both birth and death, I find myself fascinated and curious about these comings and goings. The struggle, the process, the variables, the suffering and the beauty. Yes, there can be beauty and peace, even in death. I choose to be "a woman who serves" those who are departing. Akin to the service of a Birth Doula, an EOL Doula can ensure that choices and preferences are honored. We encourage, empower, and inquire. Providing companionship and enrichment to individuals and families through the end of life is an honor. I meet every client with an open heart wherever they are in their diagnosis and process. My goal is to provide a soothing and comforting presence through encouragement and support. Through attentive listening and reassurance, deepened ease and peace can be found. While the end of life can feel frightening and sad it can also be a time of healing and growth.