Service area: Chicagoland area, Illinois
Anne has over 40 years of experience as a nurse and has very often been on the bridge between life and death. She spent a year working in Haiti and was able to accompany many people as they died in the hospital that year. She also had the privilege of being present for her grandfather’s wake and funeral in Ireland and learned a great deal from her family’s touch and the love of her grandfather’s body. Later, her own father reported that her grandmother appeared to be younger each day after her death, even on her 4 day wake in Ireland. She believes this to be a physical sign of the new life that continues after our bodily death. She and her siblings had the blessing to accompany her parents on their final earthly journey. They both had beautiful, peaceful deaths.
Though her nursing work in labor and delivery, she has accompanied brave parents and families who have had the grief of their child born dead or who die shortly after birth. She strives to live consciously and believes that an awareness of death makes each moment and day of life more precious. She is dedicated to personal growth work, conscious living, experiential learning and values the power of rituals. She has studied, experienced and come to respect and honor world religions on yearly spiritual pilgrimages.
She is well trained, experienced and able to accompany those dying and their families on this journey of transformation so that they approach the finish line of the great race of human life with a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, gratitude and wonder.
“As a certified End of Life Doula through the Conscious Dying Institute, I am honored to bring my gifts and experience to the work of ‘returning death to its sacred place in the beauty, mystery, and celebration of life’ much as I worked as a midwife to claim birth as a sacrament, and not a medical event.”
Licenses and certificates: Licensed RN, Certified Sacred Passage Guide & End of Life Doula. Graduate certificates in Social & Emotional Intelligence, and Transformational Coaching.
Services provided: Best 3 Months of life care planning and coaching