Packages

References to “Family” are to be taken as those who share a close and loving, mutually respectful and nurturing relationship with the dying person and not held exclusively for those related by blood, adoption or marriage.

For those who have been recently diagnosed as terminal and are at their private residence.

FEE: $600*

Sorting through household items, personal belongings and memorabilia at end of life can present some tough challenges as emotions and memories surface.  Most often however, people find this process cathartic and freeing. The process is complete in three phases:

Reflection
Which items will hold significance to others if passed on to them?  Which items should be sold or donated?  Which items will still be needed?  What can’t I part with?

Organization
Once it has been determined where items will go, they will be labeled, inventoried and grouped into their respective categories.

Clearing
The last step consists of parting with items.  This could include arranging for donation pick-up/drop-off and online sales. Treasured items that will be passed on to others do not have to be parted with at this time.  Many people like to choose separate moments in which to present their gifts, while others wish to wait until they have departed before distribution takes place.

Inclusive of:

  • Four in-person visits, two hours in duration each, on a weekly basis;
  • Supplies for labeling and/or tagging;
  • Preparation and delivery of detailed inventory (hardcopy & electronic version);
  • Coordination of donation drop-off /pick-up;
  • Photography of sale items to be posted on your or another’s online account (Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace, Varagesale, etc.).

*FEE indicated is for a space of up to 1,800 square feet.  For larger spaces, please get in touch to discuss.

For those who have received a terminal diagnosis and are at their private residence, assisted living or long-term care facility, hospital or hospice.

FEE: $325

Through discussion, these in-person sessions are designed to gently guide the dying person within.  It is there we will find the answers to what is now important to them.

These conversations also extend to feelings of unfinished business and how to possibly rectify the situation.  Are there things that could still be experienced?  Are there words left unspoken?

This time will also be used to look at practical matters such as preferred location of death, important religious, traditional or cultural practices and what is wished for the body after death.  A wealth of information can be gathered, resulting in a comprehensive Vigil Plan and Post Death Directive, easing minds and hearts alike.

Inclusive of:

  • Three in-person visits, 60 – 90 minutes in duration each, on a weekly basis;
  • Coordination and follow through of specific requests, where possible;
  • Preparation and delivery of Vigil Plan and Post Death Directive (hardcopy & electronic).

The dying person has entered into the active dying process and the body is breaking down. This could last a few moments, hours or perhaps days.

For the caregiver, family and/or friends that choose to be involved at the dying person’s private residence, assisted living or long-term care facility, hospital or hospice.

FEE: $150*

Ideally the dying person’s wishes would have previously been expressed and the Vigil Plan would detail how the remaining time is to be carried out. The ultimate goal is to ensure the dying person’s wishes are honoured and followed through.  During the vigil the space is one of warmth and compassion, where support flows freely.  Questions about the process are encouraged as knowledge and awareness help dissolve fear.

For those who reach the active dying phase without having had the opportunity to express their wishes, a consultation with those present takes place in order to create and implement a plan as quickly as possible.  All present are fully supported throughout.

Once death occurs, wishes are followed through as per the Post Death Directive.  In the event there is no Post Death Directive, the family is consulted as to their wishes relating to funeral arrangements.

NOTE:  Post death care may include washing, dressing and positioning of the body, which is performed only by a caregiver or family member.

Inclusive of:

  • Four consecutive hours of in-person support per day;
  • Arrangement of space as per Vigil Plan;
  • Phone, text and email communication while not in attendance at vigil;
  • Post funeral follow-up and grief support, approximately 4 – 6 weeks after death.

*Additional vigil time may be booked at a reduced rate upon request.

The dying person has entered into the active dying process and the body is breaking down. This could last a few moments, hours or perhaps days.

For family who are UNABLE to physically be present at the dying person’s bedside at a long-term care facility, hospital or hospice.

FEE: $180*

There are times when it is physically impossible to be with someone during their dying time.  A person’s condition can deteriorate without warning and the call to family may find one out of town, province or even the country.  Sometimes family is nearby but unable to cope with the situation.  In any circumstance, support is provided by conducting a bedside vigil in the family’s place.  The vigil takes on the same atmosphere as others, that of warmth and compassion.

Once death occurs, family is notified and details are gathered as to the preferred location of funeral preparation.

Inclusive of:

  • Four consecutive hours of in-person support per day;
  • Phone, text and email communication while at vigil;
  • Post funeral follow-up and grief support, approximately 4 – 6 weeks after death.

*Additional vigil time may be booked at a reduced rate upon request.

For those who have been approved for MAiD and are at their private residence, hospital or hospice.

FEE: $500

Increasing numbers of people are finding MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) the right choice for them.  It is an extremely personal decision that often involves days of deep introspection.  There are times when those close are not able to support this decision due to their own morals and religious beliefs, which may cause or reinforce dejection and isolation in the dying person.  More often than not however, understanding and support is given.  In any situation, offered here is non-judgmental, caring, and compassionate support.

As things can move along quite quickly after being approved, one in-person visit of up to three hours takes place.  During this time, wishes for the day of administration and post death care are identified, from which a detailed plan is created – a Release Plan.  Open and honest conversation will also address unresolved fears, expectations and any unanswered questions.

On the day of administration the space is thoughtfully prepared and those in attendance are fully supported.  As with any death, the ultimate goal is to ensure the dying person’s wishes are honoured and followed through, including post death care.

NOTE:  Post death care may include washing, dressing and positioning of the body, which is performed only by a caregiver or family member.

Inclusive of:

  • One in-person visit, up to three hours in duration (additional in-person support is available upon request);
  • Preparation and delivery of Release Plan (hardcopy & electronic);
  • Arrangement of space on day of administration as per Release Plan;
  • Continued attendance until death is pronounced;
  • Phone, text and email communication up to day of administration;
  • Post funeral follow-up and grief support.

For grieving spouses, partners and family who have recently experienced a death.

FEE: $325

The flowers have wilted, phone calls and visits have dwindled and the silence is deafening. The events in the last weeks or months keep replaying over and over in a distant, surreal sort of way.  Everyday tasks seem overwhelming and the tears keep falling.

Grief is messy ~ grief is normal ~ grief is necessary

Grief is in response to loss – loss of a loved one, loss of purpose, loss of identity, loss of security, loss of faith.  The more impactful a loss is, the deeper the grief can be.  Grief affects us physically, emotionally and spiritually, which in turn can be harmful to ourselves as well as destructive to our relationships with others.

There is no time limit on one’s grief, nor a mandate on how best one should express their grief.  Some people are able to process their own grief while others can become stuck and need help.  Others find themselves somewhere in the middle.  Wherever you are, I will meet you there, lighting the path back to happiness.

Inclusive of:

  • Three in-person visits, 90 minutes in duration each, frequency as needed.