We asked Erika to be an end of life doula for our mother, who was transitioning from a nursing home to our home to die. A meditation teacher referred us to Erika, saying, “I wish I had more qualities like Erika.”
Erika immediately made mom comfortable and joined our family as a welcomed new member. She took the time to connect with everyone in our household and family members who came to stay. With everyone, she brought her curiosity, questions, and listening skills to the table. She showed a highly generous level of empathy as she engaged each member about their feelings regarding our mother’s transition.
As our mother arrived home, Erika intuitively blended in with her and the rest of our family and friends who visited us in the following 48 hours. Erika’s presence was calming and soothing. In addition to her remarkable interpersonal skills, she was highly adept in end of life care. She handled the details of organizing a home funeral- preserving our mother in state and including our children in the process, suggesting and purchasing a cremation casket box that they could draw and write messages on, which ended up engaging every adult as well.
Erika is a special, remarkable, and extremely capable person, able to interact with a variety people under challengingly sensitive conditions with complete aplomb and care. She has extraordinary active listening skills, excellent interpersonal skills, great patience, high levels of empathy, and high integrity. We have stayed in touch with Erika like a cherished family member and wholeheartedly recommend her.