From a very young age, I always wanted to help others feel content. I grew up in a family that owned and operated a funeral home and had many opportunities to see others dealing with grief. It allowed me to cultivate a deep compassion for those who were grieving.
As I grew older, becoming a funeral director didn’t become my first career choice. I decided to study at The Ohio State University to receive my Bachelor’s in the Science of Education. I was passionate about the French language and decided to become a French teacher. As I taught for many years, I also received a Master’s Degree in Teaching.
In 2001, I began studying holistic healing techniques and meditation after being introduced to it in Croatia while living overseas. After relocating to California, I began to study meditation with Theravada Buddhist monks and presently teach meditation to others. I then studied Reiki in California for 4 years and decided to become a Master Teacher.
In 2010, I began a career as a State Tested Nurse Aid and worked in nursing homes and with home health agencies. While working in nursing, I found myself compelled to help the dying, as well as the grieving and often found myself doing so naturally. I sat with the dying and felt completely comfortable in doing so.
Years later I began volunteering with Valley Hospice.
I have recently completed my training as an End-of-Life Doula with Lifespan Doula Association and as a Master Grief Coach with Cathy Cheshire, LLC and am now ready to begin a new stage in my life where I may integrate my knowledge and skills in order to help others.
It is a true blessing to have the opportunity to be a human being on this planet. It is quite normal to grieve and also to die, but not to unpack your bags in the land of sorrow. Allow me to listen to you compassionately and to give you the tools you need to continue your life journey, whether it is as your ending this life and transitioning to the next or as a grieving person as you heal and put the pieces back together.