Meet our Doulas

Meet our Doulas

Nancy Finkle

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

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 Goldwyn

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 Hill

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.

Laura Rubin

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 Trumbo

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

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.

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© 2018 East Bay End of Life Doula Collective - Photography by Bailey Kobelin

Serving the communities in and around Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Alameda & Walnut Creek 


Tel: (510) 901-1527​