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 mom died when she was four. This foundational experience led to a unique willingness and comfort level with leaning into the conversation and experience of dying and death. As a doula, she combines this inclination with her natural affinity towards connecting with others. Her warmth and compassion help her create a safe and deeply human place from which her clients can explore, process, grieve, open, and connect. She does not shy away from the tough stuff, and can stay present with her clients through the peaks and valleys. She attends to the uniqueness of each experience, flexibly and intuitively supporting her clients' and their constellation of loved ones' multifaceted needs (mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Sarah honors all traditions and faiths, and is an ally to both BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. She is grateful each day to be the bridge that connects others more deeply to their own experience.
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're not accepting new members at the present time. We welcome you to complete our membership application by reaching out to us via the "Contact Us" form below. We'll be sure to follow up with you when we begin meeting with new applicants again.