Midwifing Death/Death Doula/End of Life Consultant/Guide

Bit confusing?  These terms are interchangeable.

Quite simply a death Midwife/Doula is a person who walks alongside you and your family so you can be empowered to have the conversations and make choices around the time you have left.

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Introducing Lissa Carmela - A Local of Bellingen - Serving the Mid North Coast/Coffs Coast

Lissa Carmela is a Death Doula, as well as a Registered Nurse with palliative care experience. Some of the services offered are: Active listening “holding space” for expectations, wishes, fears, challenges and what ever else needs to be heard…be heard, and assistance with the planning in working towards a positive death with meaning. This involves meeting people where they are at within themselves; providing information and practical education around death and dying; and offering emotional and spiritual support with respect for culture, beliefs and ritual.

About Me: I am a registered nurse with experience in palliative care and have always felt a sense of reverence when working with the dying. One of the things I loved in my nursing profession was that I could make a difference in somebody’s life when they were most vulnerable. To be there in those tender moments is an honour.

When faced with my own mortality in the past due to a health condition, it sparked an interest in me about the transition of death and dying; how death is perceived in our society; and how different cultures approach death and dying. My process also brought me to a place of acceptance and peace around my own mortality. As a result of this learning and my nursing experience, I feel passionate about supporting those who are facing the end of their lives, and their loved ones, in working towards having a positive death experience.

I have completed the Midwifing Death Correspondence Course with Michael Barbato, and Life Options Death Doula Training. Through this work and other practices I have been able to come to a place of embracing life today, and hope to support others faced with death and dying to do the same.

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Death Doula - End of Life Support



Please note that you do not need to use Barefoot Funerals as your funeral providor to engage with these doulas.  We of course offer continuity of care regardless of your choices.

Please contact Lissa to discuss your needs.  Pricing varies dependant on the needs of the families.  Packages are available to make this affordable.