Emma Clare

Offers doula services in North Yorkshire

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I am an end of life doula in training, Chartered Psychologist, activist and nature lover living in York. I am a founding member of End of Life Doula UK and have been practising as an end of life doula in training since 2018. I am experienced in supporting families where there are challenging relationship dynamics when a relative is at the end of life, and I provide both one-to-one and group support both in-person and online.

My first job after I graduated in 2012 was as a home carer supporting people on ‘fast-track’ plans who wished to leave hospital to die at home. Since this role I have worked in services including looked-after children, autism & learning disabilities and adult mental health providing therapy and advocacy. Though I enjoyed these roles I knew that I ultimately wished to return to a role in end of life care. I have also supported both family members and people in my community with advance planning, during the dying process itself, and with subsequent loss and grief.

My PhD research focused on improving communication in end of life care, the de-medicalisation of the dying process and how we can support people to develop death competency. I am passionate about facilitating discussion between individuals and their families/medical professionals to enable them to express their wishes and preferences, and to support them in making these a reality.

 

  • I enlisted the help of End of Life Doula UK when my Mum was approaching the end of her life. She had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for 27 years and was living in a care home. To this day I can’t believe how lucky we were. Emma was our saviour and I can’t imagine how this would have turned out without her. She understood what we were dealing with and dealt with our enormous difficulties incredibly skilfully. She helped us navigate through Mums death and her funeral. Mum had the most wonderful funeral and we were able to come together on that day to give tribute to the wonderful woman she was and that was 100% down to Emma. I can’t thank her enough. Losing someone you love is incredibly difficult, no matter what the circumstances and when it happens, we all need an Emma.

    CW - Leeds