Departure Doula Services

Death can be scary, but it’s a natural process that happens to us all. To be alive is to one day die. For the past 100 years, at least, modern society and medicine have convinced us that dying is a failure, and medical providers tell us there is no more that can be done when our physical bodies have reached the threshold of this physical life. A departure doula can do more to help you holistically at the end of life. The truth is, you already know how to die. Death does not require doctors, interventions or medical observation. Instead, it requires empathy, education, and sacred space. …

News and Information

4-13-22 Chances are you or someone you know is grieving right now. If not and if you love anyone or anything in this world, you¬†will¬†experience grief some day. As death is the other side of the coin from life, grief is the other side of love: unavoidably and intrinsically connected. …

What is a departure doula?

A Departure Doula is a non-medical professional that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the client, family, loved ones, friends, and their support networks. Also called an End of Life or death doula, we assist the family with understanding the natural process while providing suggestions for comfort and support. This holistic support for the person who is dying and their loved ones will occur before, during, and after death.

What People Are Saying

Michelle reentered my life at the precise moment I needed her. At a friend’s Thanksgiving event, Michelle shared her new passion becoming an end of life doula. Just days later, my husband was diagnosed with advanced stage four pancreatic cancer. My world turned upside down.

She was so creative with her techniques to encourage marital conversations about difficult end of life decisions. With great confidence, I encourage everyone to work with Michelle in planning how their end of life might look.

Services and Packages

Shoji Bridge Departure Doula charges for services in varying ways. Some services are paid by the hour and some services are provided by other arrangements, depending on types of services provided. Each service and client is different and whether services require the doula to be on-call, stay overnight, travel a great distance, or other concerns. Shoji Bridge Departure Doula has served the community in a volunteer capacity, as a hospice volunteer and may consider other volunteer or pro-bono situations. The individual or family will contract directly with Shoji Bridge Departure Doula, and all pricing will be discussed and agreed to before services are rendered. At this time, no third-party or insurance reimburses for departure doula care. These services are considered elective and are non-medical, so are private pay only.

Care Consultant

Planning well for end of life means being able to live your best life without worry; professional help for all aspects of advance care planning

Elder Care Doula

Compassionate care and companionship helps seniors maintain independence and quality of life or provide much-needed respite for primary caregivers

End of Life Doula

Professional non-medical physical, emotional, and spiritual support for the person who is dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death.

Education/Community Events

Upcoming Events

Shoji Bridge Departure Doula will provide free community education and participate in community events as part of our mission to provide community care. Keep an eye here for those events as they are planned.

If you or your organization would be interested in planning or sponsoring a community event to promote advanced planning, elder care, caregiver respite, end of life or death care or grief programs, contact us for more information or to schedule a speaker or presentation. Michelle also leads Laughing Yoga sessions for small or large groups. More info about the many benefits of Laughing Yoga can be found here, and you can contact us to schedule a preview or session.