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.
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.
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.