Frequently Asked Questions


Will my insurance cover your services?

At this time, Rise + Refuge services are private pay. But with the shifting trends in healthcare, we’re optimistic that doula services and coaching will be covered under wellness benefits in the future.

What are the differences between the services you provide and Counseling/Therapy?

While counseling or therapy often addresses the past where trauma may have occurred, my services are forward-focused toward creating desired outcomes. My role is to guide and empower you to trust your own inner discernment for what is right and true for yourself. What that looks like is different for everyone, but most often it includes guidance, planning, support, and encouragement to help you rediscover your wellbeing.

What exactly is the role of an End of Life Doula?

The word doula translates to support, and is most often associated with childbirth. However, with the challenges of our current healthcare system and limited resources, end of life doulas are stepping in to cover the gaps.

Our role is to ease the burdens placed upon you and your family during an emotionally heavy time so you’re able to focus on what matters most. We offer non-medical support that compliments the medical and hospice care a patient may be receiving.

An End of Life Doula is trained to guide families through planning, legacy and family history projects, processing regret, anger, and grief, and ensuring your loved one’s goals of care are honored.

We support patients in creating a peaceful space that comforts them in their final months/weeks/days, and coordinate any logistics you or your family would like assistance with.

We also provide the critical component of rest for the caregivers, allowing them to step away briefly knowing their loved one will not be alone.

How long will we work together?

The nature of our time together is always customized to suit each client and situation. I typically encourage coaching clients to consider a program of eight to twelve sessions on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This allows space for discovery, planning, and action towards desired changes or outcomes without feeling overwhelming. As you might imagine, an end of life transition happens on an organic timeframe. Once connected with a family, we create a personalized plan for support that will continue through a specific project or need, or until the peaceful passing of their loved one.