I am a medium and certified End-of-Life Doula through INELDA – International End of Life Doula Association, an organization that offers a comprehensive program establishing a professional-level standard for this field. I work closely with a local non-profit hospice organization in the Jacksonville, Fl. area and have logged hundreds of hours as a visiting volunteer and a NODA (No One Dies Alone) vigil volunteer.
I have assisted in teaching the NODA program for other volunteers and continue to be a part of community outreach events with hospice, as well as a speaker, educator, and end-of-life doula in my private practice.
Being part of a growing movement dedicated to bringing the conversation of death out into the open, it is my honor, passion, and calling, to provide greater comfort to dying patients by helping to create opportunities for a more meaningful death. The journey toward death may not be easy for some people, but it can often be an opportunity and a time for significant personal growth and healing.
Many people may look at the meaning of their life, search for a sense of completion, find peace with themselves, their mortality and the finality of their life, and ultimately embrace the unknown. It takes a very specific kind of person to be this close to someone’s personal and intimate death experience – it is an honor to be a part of someone’s final journey in physical life.
During my career at FedEx, as a courier and customer service agent, I graduated from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular Massage in Jacksonville in 1996, and became a part-time massage therapist and certified hypnotherapist. Through continuing education, I completed my Reiki III training (energy manipulation – instructor level) in March, 2017.
In 2002, I received certifications in advanced psychic development and advanced mediumship training from the Astrological Institute of Integrated Studies. The director being an early teacher to John Edward.
In 2003, my journey led me to the upper region of the Amazon in Peru for the purpose of working with Don Agustin Rivas Vazques, nationally and internationally known shaman and wood sculptor. His compound, Yushin Taita, is in the small town of Tamshiyacu on the shore of the Amazon River. I participated in the authentic shamanic and healing tradition of ayahuasca (eye-ah-waska), which has been passed down from generation to generation for thousands of years in Amazonian Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Western Brazil.
Ayahuasca is referred to as “The Mother” and is called La Purga (the purge) because it purges toxins on every level of the being — physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The experience of ayahuasca leads to profound self-discovery and healing through visions under the skilled guidance of an ayahuasquero, a maestro trained in the use of this sacred vine.
In 2006, my interest in indigenous shamanism took me to Tuva, an independent state in the southernmost part of Russia along the Mongolian boarder, also known as “The Land of the Shamans.” Our small group worked with numerous shamans during the course of several weeks learning their culture, ancestral roots, and ceremonies that came close to near extinction during Soviet times. I have also participated in the Montana Naraya – A Native American “Dance For All People” and a “Four Winds” ceremony in Finland.
In March of 2017, I attended a Jungian conference at the Glenstal Abby in Ireland on Pride and Shame. This conference gave me many insights on important and liberating subjects that can be discussed when one is reflecting on their meaning and place in life. When I can, I attend workshops and conferences associated with death and grief to help cultivate my skills in listening, guiding, support and comfort, and to encourage story-telling to those in deep reflection at the end of life.
Knowing loved ones on the other side are safe, at peace, and happy is very healing and can be a pivotal moment for someone. Understanding physical death in a broader way and the connection one has with someone who has passed, can also lead to a different understanding and awareness of one’s own emotions that may change one’s entire life. I am deeply moved and honored to connect with spirit and to be of service.
I believe everyone has a talent, purpose, calling, and a way of being creative as an individual. Because people are multidimensional beings, creativity will express itself constantly in many different forms if allowed to—we are not who we have been taught and told to be. It has always been part of my nature to connect with spiritual ways, count on my intuition and “other” sight, and to be compassionate and sensitive with those I help in their grieving process. Understanding and interpreting my connection and communication with those no longer in the physical has been a lifelong process and journey.
I provide private phone readings for those who are grieving friends and loved ones that have crossed over, or for those who simply wish to connect with people they love and miss that have crossed. I co-authored a spiritual self-empowering and transformational e-Book called “The Art Of Reclaiming Your Intention And Power – According To Abram” that is available on popular readers plus this website. I am working on my own book about the death, dying and the afterlife that will be available by late 2018. My husband and I, and our friend and graphic artist, Jan Drozd, have developed a free game called “Shoot The Ghost” that is available for Android phones on Google Play, Amazon, and Kindle Fire.
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