My sister and I share a birthday. My brother and I share name.
- I come from a uniquely blended family of 8 children and 4 adults, each with radically different personalities, perspectives and life experiences. Whether traditional or chosen, let's be honest: 'family' can be complicated. As a Death Doula, I will support you in gaining clarity around your relationship with Death and Dying, as well as expressing your wishes to those you want to be a part of your experience. I am happy to advocate for you and your choices when conversations with loved ones get, well... Complicated.
I am an artist.
- I earned an MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama, however, I enjoy expressing myself through a variety of mediums: film, visual arts, sculpture, and undoubtedly in my role as a girls youth mentor for Good Shepherds Services in NYC. I offer 'Artistic Exploration & Emotional Release' sessions, in which, we work together to bring an abstract visual representation of your experience into the physical world. It is OK to get messy... Life certainly can be.
I have been through fire.
- In November 2017 I experienced, what I've only been able to describe as, 'Death without Death'. A five-alarm fire destroyed my building, and took with it so much more than my material possessions. I have undoubtedly been humbled to survive the "Phoenix Experience", and thrive after the process of being stripped of everything I know, only to discover who I am, what I'm really made of, and what I'm capable of handling. Even small fire experiences... I'm happy to support you through any grief you hold around fire related incidents.
The most impactful death of my Life thus far is my grandmother's.
- Dorothy 'Dot' Wynne died swiftly in a car accident, November of 2019. My Grandfather, on the other hand, experienced a decade long struggle with Parkinson's, but my Grandmother was by his side every night until the day he died. Her swift departure came with a strange peace: a beauty in knowing there was no time to worry, or stress on anybody taking care of her the same way she dutifully tended to my grandfather - She would've hated that...
Death is the only fair experience, and comes to us at random. Besides birth, it is the only experience every single on of us shares. It offers great mystery and questions so big we may be too afraid to ask. Through guided Death Meditations, I offer a safe space for you to navigate your own spiritual exploration of this, 'vast unknown'. Gaining greater clarity around Death can bring about a greater sense of control and ease in Life.
“You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”
- Swami Vivekananda
"We all become important when we realize our goal//
Should be to figure out our role within the context of the whole
And yeah, rock and roll is fun, but if you ever hear someone//
Say you are huge, look at the moon, look at the stars, look at the sun
Look at the ocean, and the desert, and the mountains, and the sky//
Say I am just a speck of dust inside a giant's eye."
- Kimya Dawson