Barb Phillips Thanadoula

Contemplative End of Life Care - Serving the dying with dignity and grace.

Hello, my name is Barb Phillips and I am a Thanadoula.

What is a Thanadoula? In simple terms, a Thanadoula is a community death-care practitioner. A guide who accompanies a dying person and/or family and friends through a personal, intentional and conscious dying process to realize a good death. “As defined by the National Home Funeral Alliance."

As a community death-care practitioner, my services are holistic, and are on a continuum of helping individuals, and families plan for the future by providing end of living planning documents ie. (advance care plans, estate planning and home funeral criteria, advance medical directives) to working with the dying person, and family; accompanying and educating them throughout the death experience, facilitating family-led after death home care, and attending to spiritual or ceremonial needs as requested.

As a Life-Cycle Celebrant, I am honoured to work with families and/or friends to create a highly personalized ceremony (funeral, memorial, celebration of life, interment, inurnment) that is a true reflection of the life, and soul of the departed.

Thank you Barb for your valued presence during the last 6 months of my mother's life before her passing. I don't know how I would have survived this emotionally challenging time without your Thanadoula services and your invaluable support to all of us. My entire family thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. I encourage everyone who is experiencing loss to consider the services of Barb as a Thanadoula.
Michael Crane