Doula Connections

You may not have known that this important role even existed. People have often heard of a birth doula but not end of life doulas who support people at the other end of life. Sometimes we’re called death doulas. People often plan in detail for births, parties and weddings but usually not our own dying and death. Doula Connections believes that every part of our life is important, including the end.

An end of life doula is a non-medical role.

Doulas provide a very broad range of services — in general, they assist people to plan for and navigate the end of their lives. They provide education, information, planning, reassurance, care, advocacy, compassion, and support, all with the intention of helping people identify and fulfil their end of life preferences, decisions, needs and wishes, wherever it is possible. Doulas can help you and your family create a rich experience of dying and death that aligns with your personal values or just help you make a plan that can be accessed by your friends and family at some point in the future, when it is most needed.

If you’re choosing an option, other than our DIY, you’ll connect with an experienced and qualified end of life doula.

Open and honest conversation is very important to us (and maybe your friends and family too), to understand your wishes and preferences. Your doula will guide you to talk about and map out what you’d like. It’s very empowering to have your wishes heard and written down.

At Doula Connections we believe that everyone is an individual and…

You should be provided the opportunity to be heard, your wishes and preferences noted, and wherever possible your instructions followed. We believe that people have the right to decide what support they want at the end of their life. There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to life-limiting illness, dying, and death. We are just as much individuals in our dying and death as we are when we’re healthy and well. Life should be lived right until the end and our individuality doesn’t disappear with our last breath and heartbeat. We can support you to uncover, plan for and navigate your end-of-life or support you and your family to work through any end of life challenges that arise.

Meet our Doula Team

JANNE SVERDLOFF

Hi, I’m Janne,

I have a great respect for life, and also for death I believe it is important to do both as well as we can; it’s important for we who live our life, and ultimately leave it, but also important for those around us, those whom we love...

ROS WRIGHT

Hi, I’m Ros,

I provide a pathway for clients, their families and friends to access aged care and end of life doula services by providing practical planning and education in an open minded and respectful way...

TRACEY RUSDEN

Hi, I’m Tracey,

I live on my small farm in Southern Tasmania Navigating experiences in my own life and learning the purpose of those experiences prompted fulfilment of a long-term goal, to deliver personalised support to those nearing their end of life...

SUZANNE GORMAN

Hi, I’m Suzanne,

I’m a Northern Rivers-based End of Life Doula My role as an End of Life Doula is to provide support and guidance in relation to end of life planning and care, and to offer a presence during the dying process...

LYN HEYNEN

Hi, I’m Lyn,

I have had a lifelong interest in end of life and aged care My background includes 22 years as an enrolled nurse in rural South Australia, including as aged care coordinator and have completed a comprehensive amount of end of life training in the past 4 years...

MARG BRUECHERT

Hi, I’m Marg

I have worked within my business for 18 years, providing Holistic Mind-Body Therapies, Reiki,  Energy Healing and Personal Growth programs, supporting and empowering clients who are struggling with complex,  challenging situations and grief in their life...

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Meet our Founder

Hello, I’m Julie Fletcher and I’m the founder of Doula Connections. I discovered this role in early 2020 and I wanted to know more. I completed my training through Preparing The Way and decided that being an end of life doula was definitely for me! I have had a very long career in nursing, education and management and I’ve been a business owner for many years. I could instantly see that this very important role needed to be brought to the people. We deserve to be empowered at the end of life and I believe that people need to know that this support is available to them and what is possible in regard to choices and options.

Most people want something different, something individual and personal. We want to be heard. We want to know our options. We want information. We want connection. We want support. We want to know the truth. We want to feel empowered and have input into our own death.

To me life is a gift and I want to live it with joy, happiness and fulfilment. When it’s my time to die, I want to know that those around me are aware of what’s important to me and that they will do their best to meet my wishes. I would love to support you to do something similar for yourself.

I work in person with families in Newcastle and the Hunter Region and I support our team of doulas who work with our clients online.

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