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.
Zoë Francesca specializes in working with adults 75 and older who are near, or at, the end of life. She has a playful, gentle, loving spirit that feels comforting and special. She works with many people who experience memory loss, or who have a loved one experiencing memory loss. Where appropriate, she uses music, poetry, art and other symbolic 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).
Lori had been a Birth Doula and Childbirth Educator prior to becoming a Hospice Volunteer and End of Life Doula, exploring her fascination with the two most basic realities of human existence. Being drawn to helping guide people through their entrances into – and exits from -- this world, she believes in supporting the client to make plans in alignment with their values and to help implement them as much and as often as possible. She can help the client prepare for "Conscious Death" using breathing and meditative practices (similar to those used for childbirth preparation). Lori provides a caring connection and a compassionate, calming presence for her clients as death draws near.
Sarah's loss of her mom at the age of four invited an early and intimate encounter with death. It shaped in her a somewhat unusual willingness to and familiarity with leaning into the conversation and experience of death and dying. Combining this with her natural affinity towards connecting with others has led her to her path as an End of Life Doula. She offers her clients and their families a safe and deeply human place from which to explore, process, grieve, open, connect, and unfold through their personal journeys in their dying time. Through many years spent as a change management consultant, she has come to know both pragmatically and intuitively that there is no single way to approach an altering transition. As an End of Life Doula, she attends to the uniqueness of each experience, helping to address all her clients' needs (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual) in a holistic, interdependent way.
Patricia’s passion for serving the terminally ill and bereaved started during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. In the years since, with a full-time career in education and technical communication, while raising a family, Patricia has volunteered with people at End-of-Life in hospitals, memory units, assisted living, and private homes. She has a special talent for supporting the bereaved, and has over 10 years experience working as part of a pet therapy team.
Patricia lives with a chronic disease and knows its challenges. She’s grieved deeply and experienced the unique pain of sudden death. Patricia is an advocate for people to have care and a death that is consistent with their wishes.
Patricia is trained in No One Dies Alone (NODA), International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), pet therapy, peer counseling, and grief. She holds an MA in Education from Stanford University and a BA in Psychology from Vassar College.
Wendy's background is in birth doula work, music, writing and fiber art. She is particularly awed by grief's ability to transform and expand our lives. A long-time supporter of those in transition, Wendy brings a calm and loving presence to any situation. She believes fervently in the healing power of yoga, meditation, guided visualization, music and laughter, and is always looking for ways to incorporate these elements into her healing practice with those at the end of life and their loved ones. As an artist, she finds creative legacy work and the conversations around that work to be a great way for those at the end of life to flesh out and organize their hearts and minds, and to become inspired to move gracefully toward peace. In addition, she believes that mindfully and open heartedly re-processing a death after losing a loved one to be an invaluable experience. Wendy is currently pursuing an MS in Counseling Psychology.
Courtney has a background in mortuary science, yoga, and higher education. Courtney believes every person's end -of -life transition is unique and deserves special attention. She has the ability to meet people where they are, while offering guidance, comfort, support, and compassion.
As a certified yoga instructor of over 10 years, Courtney is able to help with guided visualizations, breath work, deep relaxation, and meditation. She believes these tools can be comforting and she likes to incorporate them in her end -of -life work. With compassion and kindness, Courtney offers both clients and their families a safe space to move through this time of transition.
Courtney is a nationally licensed funeral director, and holds a degree in Mortuary Science. A strong advocate for the people she serves, she believes everyone should be able to have their last wishes granted. She is available to support, discuss, and guide clients and their families on the options available to them after death occurs.
Laura initially came to this work out of a desire to explore her own relationship with mortality, which was catalyzed by her grandmother’s terminal diagnosis. After accompanying her grandmother through her dying process, she felt drawn to support others during this time of transition. In dying, as with living, there is not one way, there is only our own way. Laura brings a kind, gentle and open presence to guide clients and families in finding their way. Laura has experience offering spiritual/emotional support through a local hospice and bereavement program, hospital spiritual care department and No One Dies Alone program.
She holds a master’s degree in public health and her work is influenced by over 10 years of meditation practice, Buddhist chaplaincy training and training in the Hakomi method, a mindfulness-based somatic counseling modality.
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.