My name is Laurie and I'm an end-of-life doula, sometimes referred to as a death doula.

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She would take me to visit her elderly friends and family in their homes, long-term care facilities and hospitals. Even as a young child, my grandmother would have very matter-of-fact discussions with me about death and dying and she would often have me accompany her to funerals. I learned early on what it meant to be a helper in this world. 

The caregiver seed was planted in me years ago when I was a small child and would spend summers with my grandmother in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

I help to ease fears and anxiety by providing extended periods of in-home support, planning and education to the dying and their loved ones.

In addition to my nursing background, I practice Healing Touch, a gentle and nurturing energy therapy that promotes relaxation and alleviates pain. This holistic approach, coupled with my understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of end-of-life, enables me to create a calming and comfortable environment for my clients.

Seeking to expand my knowledge and skills, I pursued a career in hospice nursing, which has been an invaluable foundation for my work as an end-of-life doula.

Through my background in hospice and clinical experience in palliative care nursing, I have developed a deep understanding of disease processes and medical terminology. This knowledge allows me to provide a sense of comfort and reassurance to my clients and their families, as I can navigate the complexities of their unique situations with empathy and clarity.

This experience ignited a passion within me, propelling me into a companionship role for the elderly and later into the realm of funeral planning.

I’ve been married for over 30 years to my highschool sweetheart.

I craft junk journals in my spare time.

I’m a grandma to one precious granddaughter and one more on the way.

That's enough business talk. Here are a few fun facts about me:

- Beth W.

""Laurie was in my End of Life Doula training through INELDA and right away I could see her empathy and compassion during interactions in class. As a fellow doula, I have referred clients to her due to conflicts in my availability and I know that they were encompassed by Laurie's knowledge and empathy. I am so lucky to have the privilege of knowing Laurie, and I am looking forward to being able to continue to grow alongside her."


In addition to providing emotional, spiritual and physical support at end of life, I’m able to provide extended periods of presence in the home. While hospice is a wonderful and needed service, the hospice team is limited on how much time they’re able to spend in the home- on average 1 hour three times a week. I’m even able to be present during vigiling through last breaths if that’s what the family desires. My services and support vary from client to client, family to family, depending on their needs.

Why would I want to hire an end-of-life doula?

You can consult me anytime during the end-of-life process, but the earlier in the process we can start having conversations, the more beneficial my service will be to you. That being said, I meet you wherever you’re at in your journey. It’s never too late to connect with me.

When is the right time to consult an end-of-life doula?

Yes! Hospice is medical care that provides symptom and pain management. Doula care is non-medical support that includes extended periods of presence that hospice oftentimes cannot provide. Doulas are part of the care team and work alongside the medical team to provide comfort and support to patients and their families. WE LOVE HOSPICE, WE LOVE DOULAS! There is room for all support at end of life.

Can I be on hospice and have an end-of-life doula at the same time?

 I believe I was created for this work. I’m highly empathic and intuitive, I’m a helper by nature, and I love to love on people. I bring calm into the storm. 

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Together, we can navigate this sacred passage with grace, dignity, and the reassurance that you are never alone.

If you or your loved ones are seeking a caring and experienced companion for the end-of-life journey, I am here for you.

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