Plan Your End of Life and Live Better
End of life and after-death advocacy and support is increasingly important as the baby boomer generation ages. End of life consultants support dying at home and good death literacy.
I am an education, end of life consultant services, and advocacy specialist
Why engage an end of life consultant?
Can you help with advice about dying at home? I really want to do that and my family are living with me.
Yes, absolutely. I often support clients and their close networks to die at home.
Dying at home is something the majority (74%) of the Australian population want, but only a fraction manage to do so (15%). With good planning in place, you can die at home without carer burnout in your family members. We can also fill any gaps in your overall quality of life or final wishes list.
Can't a funeral home or palliative care team do everything?
No. Palliative care ends when someone dies, and funeral homes are businesses that have particular priorities when it comes to funerals and body disposal. End of life consultants – like myself – however are impartial. I work the entire end of life services spectrum (from pre-need/diagnosis through to well after death), and provide complete, up to date information about ALL your choices for final wishes, body disposal, funerals, and creative outcomes.
Do you only work with the dying?
No, quite the opposite in fact.
I do a good deal of ‘pre-need’ work helping clients have the important conversations with close family and friends, as well as offering a range of after-death services. Ideally, I begin working with people long before imminent dying has begun because then we have the best possible chance of seeing final wishes come to fruition. I work with people and pets, and you do not have to be dying to talk to me or engage me to work with you.
I also work in after-death spaces, offering a range of services including ritual, memorial projects, creative responses, and support.
About My Approach
I centre clients in my approach to grief work and psychotherapy, and am quite flexible in adapting the aims of the therapy journey as well as session focus as a client’s needs change over time. My philosophy is also to try and put myself out of business with clients – you should never feel as though you have to see me forever, or even for a long time for our work to be effective. I do prefer to help clients gain tools for their personal toolbelts, and to gain confidence in maintaining their own mental health and wellbeing overall. Therapy for me is something that I return to regularly in life as and when I need support – and I like to bring this approach to my clients as well.
I have a background in allied health, Traditional Chinese Medicine (nutrition and accupressure), counselling and art therapy, somatic psychotherapy and trauma recovery. My areas of specialty grief work include childhood sexual assault (CSA), exposure to violent death and PTSD from military service, domestic violence/abuse, and emergency service work. Evidence-based EFT is a relatively new skillset I bring to my grief work, but as a technique it is so effective that I almost always include EFT in sessions. Once learned EFT can be done by clients on their own, making this a powerful and useful tool for removing emotional attachment to circumstances and building resilience with regular practice.
Grief counselling and EFT may be purchased individually or as part of a bundle – see below – and you can make arrangements for individual or group sessions with close friends and family, as needed and appropriate.