In 2016 Yvette Bredice began to search for deeper meaning to her life. She knew she wanted more than a second career. She wanted to do something purpose driven, not knowing yet where that would lead her.
After two years of being quiet and embracing, the unknown things became very clear. After her own near-death experience/memory surfaced, she understood why the idea of death never really scared her. Her near-death experience opened up a place of knowing and accepting that Life and Death are really ONE event. This knowing also left her with the ability to relate to the fear that we often experience at end of life. She has a tremendous ability to accept souls right where they are without judgement. She is a true empath.
In 2018 she took the training course offer by the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA). She loves being and working as a Doula. She also volunteers for TMC Hospice here in Tucson, AZ. She has taught several classes at TMC Seniors.
Yvette started Tucson End of Life Doulas in 2018. Her intention was to create a hub for local doulas: A place to come together and collectively support each other while working as End of Life Doulas in our community. With high standards being met, all the Doulas will meet you with dignity, compassion, and respect right where you are.
Melissa Newbrey has a professional background in Music Education. After teaching music to middle and high school students for ten years, she wanted to stay home to raise her two children. During that time she volunteered in hospices in Phoenix and Tucson, offering companionship to patients, respite to their caregivers and music on the piano for residents in group homes.
She attended an intensive End of Life Doula (EOLD) training last fall and is currently working toward an EOLD certificate through Lifespan Doula Association. She holds a National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) proficiency badge.
Melissa's desire to work with the dying and their families stems from her two profound birth experiences and being with her grandmothers as they passed on. She has come to realize that death, as well as birth, is a sacred and natural life passage to be honored with dignity and respect.
She loves mountain biking, bike-packing with her husband and reading bedtime stories to her kids.
Alex de Alcala specializes in feline doula services and spiritual well being focused guided meditation. She is a practicing Animal Communicator and Hospice Foster Volunteer through Pima Animal Care Center.
Alex is the founder of Black & Blue Angels, a local feline rescue and hospice. Alex provides senior felines from the local shelters with a safe and loving home in their final days, and also offers therapy cat services in addition to environmental and behavioral consulting services.
Alex holds her End of Life Doula Certification from Quality of Life Care, has a Bachelors of Arts from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from California State University-Fullerton. Currently, she studies Buddhism, meditation, and hypnotherapy and is working towards a Masters of Arts Degree in Human Consciousness and Transformative Studies from John F. Kennedy University
Nora is an Herbalist and Death Doula who combines her passion for plants and people into a life practice that honors and de-stigmatizes the simple fact that nobody lives forever. Nora strives to guide, educate and advocate for the dying. By providing and empowering individuals and communities with the knowledge and foundation required to die well, she believes we can revolutionize our lives.
Nora trained as a Death Midwife with Angie Buchanan of Earth Traditions. A Death Midwife or Doula, helps with anything spiritual, emotional and practical that one may encounter in the dying process. The goal is to stop undermining the end of life experience with undue fear and lack of preparation. Her perseverance and dedication to changing the stigma and alarm surrounding death drive her to support every person, at any stage of life.
Several years ago, Piper had a profound spiritual experience when her mother passed away. From that point forward, Piper found herself being guided towards providing end of life services to those in need. We have been taught that death is something to be avoided. So many of us have very little experience with the process and because it is often emotionally painful, we have also been taught not to talk about it.
In working with individuals and their families, Piper has found that listening is invaluable. Her hope is to provide you with a safe space for conversations about death. She can talk about the things that may be uncomfortable or difficult for others; she can hold space for you as you question what happens before, during and after you die. Together, you can decide if you prefer a traditional funeral, a home funeral, something out of the ordinary or nothing at all. You can discover whether you want her to sit vigil for you or maybe you’d want spiritual companionship.
Whatever it might be, Piper is available to help plan, document or just listen.
Piper is a Certified End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care, and is currently a Hospice Volunteer.
Kristy Rogers is a New Mexico native who has spent nearly a decade of her life working and volunteering in the behavioral health field by providing compassion, support, and crisis services to various populations and feels that it is her purpose in life to help others during tough times.
Kristy has felt driven to work in End of Life Care since the early age of 11, after experiencing the death of her great-grandmother. It was at this time, she was first truly introduced to the profound impacts of Hospice care and has been drawn to the work ever since. She believes we need to break away from the stigma around dying in our society and wants to be helpful to her community in whatever ways she can.
Kristy wholeheartedly believes in empowering clients to embrace vulnerability while holding space for them to process their own feelings and experiences in a judgement-free way. She understands that family dynamics can drastically vary, all relationship circumstances are diverse in their own ways, and she is looking forward to providing individualized support and assistance to both clients and their loved ones during this process.
She has her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is a Certified End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care.
By the time Ethel moved to Tucson in 2011 she had supported several loved ones and family through their final illnesses until their deaths. Each of these experiences built on her deep belief that death simply is part of a process that begins with birth.
During the years that followed, Ethel studied metaphysics, and with six other people, founded The Community of Light, a spiritual community. Focusing on the importance of Wellness in our lives, she became a certified Aroma Touch essential oil practitioner and a Reiki Master. Ethel draws on Reiki and essential oils to help clients who are going through end of life transitions achieve deep relaxation and find comforting connection.
In early 2018, Ethel had the transformative experience of being present with her brother during the 36 hours before he died. She helped him by holding the space he needed to die surrounded by acceptance, support and love, and by being present for family in the early stages of grief and bereavement. This experience has led to Ethel’s decision to train as an end of life doula with INELDA (The International End of Life Doula Association) and as a hospice volunteer.
Through her work as an end of life doula, she is committed to make a difference in the current practices that surround death. In Ethel’s view, Wellness not only involves how we conduct our lives, but also how we face the end of them.
Danielle O’Reilly’s journey into providing end of life services began during her work in the veterinary field. She felt an intense pull to support pet owners with difficult, emotional decisions around the final stages of their beloved pet’s life, leading her to become a Death Doula.
Danielle believes in being part of this growing Death Doula community; It allows her to strengthen her skills in companioning both humans and animals through grief and bereavement, and to assist in continually educating herself in how to best approach end of life services with the utmost care and attention.
Danielle spends her free time serving her community through fitness, connection, and movement fun for all ages and stages. She also enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her dog, Harley.
She holds a Certificate as an End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care, a Bachelor’s in Education, and has over 15 years experience in Fitness & Movement Instruction.
Lily S. Sandlin A lifelong quest for depth and meaning led Susan to begin studying cultural anthropology in her teens, including learning about cultural approaches to death and dying. She believes that life is a series of transitions and that death, as the final transition, brings the greatest potential for growth and healing. When a dear friend transitioned in hospice after a prolonged illness, Lily’s understanding of the nature of impermanence deepened. Becoming a Death Doula is a natural extension of her varied experiences.
She has a strong background in numerous forms of healing. Lily is an Acupuncturist for Hospice and Palliative Care specializing in supporting life transitions of all kinds. She has witnessed how gentle acupuncture can positively impact end-of-life concerns including challenges with sleep, breathing, and appetite. Treatments are calming and assist with acceptance of the dying process through addressing the body, mind, and spirit.
She is a practitioner of Chinese Medicine, E-RYT500 Yoga Instructor, Certified Reiki Master, and Massage Therapist.
Gifted with a natural ability to create sacred space and be in the moment, Lily offers intuition, compassion, and a comforting presence. She is committed to helping people die with as much grace as possible. She now holds a Death Doula certification through Angie Buchanan’s Earth Traditions.
Ellie Wray has been a Hospice Volunteer for 20 years. She was drawn to end of life care after witnessing Hospice offering their loving care and support during the passing of her father in 1993.
Ellie has been trained in the vigil process as well as bereavement. These areas have grown to be passions for Ellie, as she has a great desire and ability to listen and to be actively present.
Ellie believes that guiding a family and their friends through their end of life journey with their loved ones, helps them to face death with a little less fear and a little more love.
Ellie truly feels that is has been a gift to be a source of comfort and ease for the dying and their families.
Ellie is a retired Special Educator and School Administrator. She received her Death Doula Certificate from IAP College.
Heather Mansfield Wilson
Caring for her best friend in her final days changed Heather’s life. Her intense passion as an educator for 35 years is now directed to accompanying others through their end of life journey. She began her studies with the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA). Heather is a Certified End of Life Doula through Quality of Life Care, and currently works in Phoenix, AZ .
Volunteering with hospice allowed Heather the opportunity to observe the gaps in services provided within the medical model of hospice. Heather will assist the dying person with relationship completion, legacy meaning and vigil planning. Heather brings the experience of showing up with love to complicated family situations. She is skilled in easing the fears of the terminal person and their family members. She provides ideas for how to live out the final days instead of waiting them out.