Meet our Doulas
Meet our Doulas
Nancy Finkle has a love affair with life, teaching, and learning. Now retired from a 30+ year career in education, she endeavors to share her empathic heart, open mind and keen intelligence in service of meaningful end-of-life passages. A student of ceremony and ritual, her eloquence and warmth have underscored meaning at moments of sacred transition (bedside support, funerals/memorials, weddings, and more). It is now her focus to offer gentle support, home funeral guidance, healing touch and spiritual openness to those facing death, and the people who love them. Nancy is also available to coach and help focus the bereaved in completion of necessary documents.
Having been a Peace Corps Rural Health Educator in Honduras, Nancy is fluent in Spanish and delights in learning about history, politics, the arts, and science anywhere in the world her feet or bicycle wheels take her.
Learn more about Nancy: https://lovingkindness.com/
Zoë Francesca specializes in working with older adults who are near, or at, the end of life. She has a playful, gentle, loving spirit that feels comforting and special. She spends quality time with people who are experiencing memory loss, disorientation or dementia, and coaches their loved ones. Where appropriate, she uses music, poetry, visual art and other expressive arts to help connect her clients to their own truths about life and death.
Zoë practices Judaism and is comfortable working with people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. She is an ally to LGBTQ families and communities. She is supportive of Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and people who choose the End of Life Option Act (Medical Aid in Dying).
Zoë has recently begun training in Relationship & Intimacy coaching, addressing another, often hidden dimension of aging and disability: challenges with intimacy and attachment.
Learn more about Zoë: https://www.activitytherapies.org/
Rita’s connection with the heart of individuals serves her clients well as a Hospice Volunteer, End-of-Life Doula, and bereavement support for families. Passionate about normalizing death and the dying process, this connection allows her clients to live the fullest life possible while planning for the best death and sustaining those left behind. By providing physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support and partnering with the patient and their family, the dying process is less mysterious, and the planning, decisions, and control remain with those most directly involved. A safe environment offers opportunities to resolve issues, complete conversations, and revisit one’s life legacy. As a health care advocate, Rita supports the continuum of care helping clients understand their medical condition in order to make decisions that support the quality of life they desire, which may include the transition from curative palliative treatment to hospice and planning for their final days.
Ilana Trumbull, M.S., L.Ac., has practiced Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine since 2000. Her practice draws on a committed meditation practice, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Myofascial Release and QiGong. Integrating spirit is always at the forefront of her work and to this she brings a rich background in the wisdom traditions of Jewish, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist practices. She works calmly and openly with families and individuals as they traverse the passages of life and death. Acupuncture offers a unique window into planning conscious dying and dying with dignity. Ilana has extensive experience and specialized training in work with the active elderly, LGBTQI community, brain injury, trauma treatment, anxiety/depression, community medicine, palliative care and cancer care.
Interested in joining us?
Thank you for your interest in the East Bay End of Life Doula Network. We are now accepting new members. We welcome you to complete our membership application, available after reaching out to us via the "Contact Us" form below.