With Dignity Death Doula Services

With Dignity Death Doula Services "Everyone deserves dignity in life and in death." Non-Medical End-of-Life Care No discrimination, all are welcome. Please message me to start that conversation.

Services currently being offered:
End-of-Life Care
After Death Support
End-of-life & After Death Pet Companion
Elderly Companion
Virtual Support/Planning

I am open to assisting you in other areas. Please contact me for pricing information, I am open to discuss those options. I acknowledge that we live and serve on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikan

i), the Tsuut'ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Calgary and Southern Alberta. More information, contact, and business updates are available on the website as well.

I have also painted these to add to the workshop collection (each were painted within an hour) & they will be a part of ...
02/09/2024

I have also painted these to add to the workshop collection (each were painted within an hour) & they will be a part of this weekends exercise with a small group of ladies

If you are able and want to join us, please do. Seats are "by donation" & the supplies are provided

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Do you have a person who you would like to visit more often but can't due to your own circumstance, schedule, or locatio...
01/12/2024

Do you have a person who you would like to visit more often but can't due to your own circumstance, schedule, or location? Maybe you worry about them because they live alone.

Because I know this is a reality for a lot of people in our community, I now offer "Wellness Checks" (welfare checks) for people who live in Calgary or surrounding jurisdictions.

These checks will include:

• checking to make sure your person has a good inventory of fresh food
• cleaning any debris or clutter to prevent trips or falls
• ensuring the house is secure and safe
•making sure your person has clean clothes and is bathing
& more

With in-home care work experience, I have training in personal care for seniors or people who are dependent on others.

Please don't hesitate to reach out and DM, email, or call me to discuss this in more detail if you need this type of support. More information is on my website [www.withdignitydoula.ca]

01/06/2024

Forever sharing. By author Brian Bilston

How do you tell your unofficial personal assistant that although they think they are helping, they actually are not? ......
01/05/2024

How do you tell your unofficial personal assistant that although they think they are helping, they actually are not? ... you can't.

On another note, "Doula Downloads" will be available within a couple of weeks. These will be downloadable and printable "how-to", "to-do" and other files for you or anyone who wants/needs advice on certain subjects but do not wish to hire a Doula.

Anything to help ♡

12/15/2023

🖤Exactly.🖤

An article has been posted at CanvasRebel.com about the art sessions I offer, and im really excited about it • https://c...
11/21/2023

An article has been posted at CanvasRebel.com about the art sessions I offer, and im really excited about it

https://canvasrebel.com/meet-chantal-soucy/

if you have time to read it, I would really appreciate it if you do

Link in linktree in bio

This is the official pricing statement that is a part of any New Client Packages given and will be posted on the website...
11/17/2023

This is the official pricing statement that is a part of any New Client Packages given and will be posted on the website soon

I am sharing this as I think full transparency on pricing is important

" Thank you for your trust in letting me work beside you and with your family during this sacred and important time in your life. I would consider it an honour to get to know you and to gain knowledge that is needed to care for others in the community. The experiences and knowledge gained, as well as the time you allow me to spend with you will help me grow to be a better end of life caregiver to others after we have met. To me, that is priceless.

Because of this, I offer a “sliding scale” to determine pricing for contracts (sliding scale is a range of minimum to maximum amount determined by current situation or circumstance).

The average hourly rate for any Doula in Alberta is $32.00, and I am aware that not everyone is comfortable with that rate, so I offer a sliding scale as I fully believe everyone deserves to have the same level of end-of-life care or support that they want, wish for or require regardless of current circumstances.

For anyone that I offer service to on a voluntary basis, I do ask that you donate a small amount that you are comfortable with to a charity of your choice (Canadian Cancer Society as one suggestion), so that others can benefit from the resources and knowledge they also provide to our community.

Thank you for your time and consideration, Chantal, your Death Doula "

www.withdignitydoula.ca

11/03/2023

Reminder.

11/03/2023

And, I shall wait for you
For you to come back home
For my life is not much
Whilst you are gone

A little Poem by Athey Thompson
Picture taken by my lovely friend Dominic Moriarty. Please take a little look on his page, he captures quite wonderfully, the magical moments in Ireland.🌀
I have this print and it’s Absolutely beautiful, it would make such a lovely Christmas gift.. but I’d hurry up if you would like to order, because this print sells out very quickly.

Considering the day I have had and the news I received, I think this is a fair reminder for everyone "Don't give up. You...
10/12/2023

Considering the day I have had and the news I received, I think this is a fair reminder for everyone

"Don't give up. You can cuss the whole time, just don't give up"

Swear like a sailor if you have to. It's fine.
I won't mind.

Considering all that you have gone throigh before, you can get through this, too... because healing is hard but worth it
10/10/2023

Considering all that you have gone throigh before, you can get through this, too... because healing is hard but worth it

Did you know the benefits of animal or pet therapy? This type of therapy can have some of the same positive effects as m...
10/10/2023

Did you know the benefits of animal or pet therapy?

This type of therapy can have some of the same positive effects as music or art therapy / therapeutic music and art environments.

It can be beneficial emotionally for people of all ages who are open to it, but it has a profound effectiveness with helping seniors with symptoms of depression and anxiety. This type of therapy or interaction with animals can also aid in communication and support some seniors who are withdrawn to interact and verbalize comfortably.

If not art and music, I believe people should explore the option of animal therapy

www.withdignitydoula.ca
🐕: Oliver (Ollie), and he loves to hang out


"For a star to be born, there is ine thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.So collapse.Crumble.This is ...
10/10/2023

"For a star to be born, there is ine thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.

So collapse.
Crumble.
This is not your destruction.

This is your birth."

- n.t.

www.withdignitydoula.ca

Sometimes, we question certain things that have happened to us and wonder, "Why me?" And this is probably the best answe...
10/02/2023

Sometimes, we question certain things that have happened to us and wonder, "Why me?" And this is probably the best answer to that question that I have come across so far..

www.withdignitydoula.ca

📷 credit:

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation."Both the National Day for Truth and Reconci...
10/02/2023

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

"Both the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day take place on September 30.

The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”.  The orange shirt is a symbol of the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children over generations." • www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html

We have a long way to go, and I believe there definitely needs to be more than 1 day of official recognition for what happened to families and innocent children.

Thank you, , for the opportunity to have this article published The link is in my linktree for those who want to read it...
09/28/2023

Thank you, , for the opportunity to have this article published

The link is in my linktree for those who want to read it

This is now the second article floating around Colorado about my services, I am really appreciative to be able to share my story down in the States, especially since the are there ♡ (and also have an article with Voyage Denver).

http://voyagedenver.com/interview/community-highlights-meet-chantal-soucy-of-with-dignity-death-doula-services/•

https://shoutoutcolorado.com/meet-chantal-soucy-death-doula/•





"No one sees what you see, even if they see it too."Grief is individual, and everyone experiences it in their own way. I...
09/26/2023

"No one sees what you see, even if they see it too."

Grief is individual, and everyone experiences it in their own way.

It's really important to remember that there are no set rules or stages of grief and there is no right or wrong way to feel after a death...

(The "5 stages of grief" is one theory that is more so for people to accept their own mortality due to a recent (terminal) diagnosis, and the "4 tasks of mourning" is just another theory or 'guide' to work through difficult emotions, as there are many theories to use foe your own healing. Some might work, and some might not).

www.withdignitydoula.ca


09/24/2023

Every Child!

Did you know the benefits of animal or pet therapy? This type of therapy can have some of the same positive effects as m...
09/23/2023

Did you know the benefits of animal or pet therapy?

This type of therapy can have some of the same positive effects as music or art therapy / therapeutic music and art environments.

It can be beneficial emotionally for people of all ages who are open to it, but it has a profound effectiveness with helping seniors with symptoms of depression and anxiety. This type of therapy or interaction with animals can also aid in communication and support some seniors who are withdrawn to interact and verbalize comfortably.

If not art and music, I believe people should explore the option of animal therapy

www.withdignitydoula.ca
🐕: Oliver (Ollie), and he loves to hang out


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I truly believe there has to be something else after we leave this life, and those who leave us first can watch over us ...
09/22/2023

I truly believe there has to be something else after we leave this life, and those who leave us first can watch over us from there.

I also believe those that we miss send us small messages to let us know that they are there.


We were at the park the other day, and my daughter played with the letters there on the other side, spun them around randomly, and said, "That's better" before running away.

Deb,

It's your birthday today. I hope you are resting like I believe you are. Thanks for saying, "Hey."

www.withdignitydoula.ca




"I will never have this version of me again, let me slow down and enjoy her"Appreciate this moment.. or you will look ba...
09/22/2023

"I will never have this version of me again, let me slow down and enjoy her"

Appreciate this moment.. or you will look back and wish you did

www.withdignitydoula.ca

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Today, September 21st, is recognized as World Alzheimer's Day Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia. "Dementia...
09/21/2023

Today, September 21st, is recognized as World Alzheimer's Day

Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia.

"Dementia will steadily become more common as the “baby boomer” cohort (the large group of people born between 1946 and 1965) ages into their eighties and nineties. In 2020, 8.4% of Canadians over 65 had some form of dementia.

The number people in Canada projected to be living with dementia in 2030 is 955,900."

"The stigma:
56% of Canadians are concerned about being affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

46% of Canadians admit they would feel ashamed or embarrassed if they had dementia.

☆ 87% of caregivers wish that more people understood the realities of caring for someone with dementia. "

•www.alzheimer.ca/en/about-dementia•

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough to interfere with your daily life, while Alzheimer's is a SPECIFIC disease or type of dementia.

Dementia & Alzheimer's IS NOT a normal part or process of aging. It will get worse over time and is not hereditary/genetic. There is also no cure, and there is a large stigma around both. With more public education and advocacy, maybe we can change that stigma around our communities.

With my Dementia Care certification, I did learn a lot about how music and art can be beneficial for these people affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia - over half of which are women, by the way (over 61%) and this is a huge reason I wish to spend my time creating art with seniors around our community [ ]

Thank you to all the caregivers (family, medical, or other) who give a lot to care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.


Grief has no timeline, but if you try to take one step at a time to move forward with it, you'll move in the right direc...
09/21/2023

Grief has no timeline, but if you try to take one step at a time to move forward with it, you'll move in the right direction. This feeling won't last forever.

www.withdignitydoula.ca



"Appreciate this moment while you can. We might not get another" is a reminder I get from Oliver a lot lately.What momen...
09/15/2023

"Appreciate this moment while you can. We might not get another" is a reminder I get from Oliver a lot lately.

What moment was special to you today?

Think about it, because at the end, it's not the possessions we have that we think about... but the important and special moments that carried us through each day.

🌤

www.withdignitydoula.ca


Happening NOW 7:30-9:30PMSeptember 14th 2023Knox United Church |  506 Fourth Street SW"A Night of Grief & Mystery combin...
09/15/2023

Happening NOW 7:30-9:30PM
September 14th 2023

Knox United Church | 506 Fourth Street SW
"A Night of Grief & Mystery combines stories and observations by author/culture activist Stephen Jenkinson, drawn from his decades of work in palliative care, with original songs/sonics by recording artist Gregory Hoskins. These two Canadian artists have been exploring the intersection of their work for 8 years, across 3 continents, in 3 recordings and 2 short films (Lost Nation Road, 2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie; Dead Starling, 2022). They have been in the studio and are on the road again, as they did in the beginning: the two of them, a singer and a storyteller, out into the mystery days. 
With the 2023 World Tour underway, the pair goes to Israel, USA, UK, Sweden, and Norway, on to Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii and greets the end on home ground in Canada. Jenkinson & Hoskins have crafted a new genre of performance in Nights of Grief and Mystery

Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. Not poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. The Nights are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. Love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? They called it Nights of Grief & Mystery."
www.orphanwisdom.com/events-list/
nathaliejroy


• With Dignity Death Doula is a non-denominational organization, and I am promoting this event on a voluntary basis •

Knox United Church  |  506 Fourth Street SW"A Night of Grief & Mystery combines stories and observations by author/cultu...
09/15/2023

Knox United Church | 506 Fourth Street SW
"A Night of Grief & Mystery combines stories and observations by author/culture activist Stephen Jenkinson, drawn from his decades of work in palliative care, with original songs/sonics by recording artist Gregory Hoskins. These two Canadian artists have been exploring the intersection of their work for 8 years, across 3 continents, in 3 recordings and 2 short films (Lost Nation Road, 2019, dir. Ian Mackenzie; Dead Starling, 2022). They have been in the studio and are on the road again, as they did in the beginning: the two of them, a singer and a storyteller, out into the mystery days. 
With the 2023 World Tour underway, the pair goes to Israel, USA, UK, Sweden, and Norway, on to Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii and greets the end on home ground in Canada. Jenkinson & Hoskins have crafted a new genre of performance in Nights of Grief and Mystery

Concerts for Turbulent Times they surely are. Not poets, maybe, but the evenings are poetic. The Nights are musical and grave and raucous and stilling, which probably means they are theatrical. Love letters to life are written and read aloud. There’s some boldness in them. They have that tone. These nights have the mark of our time upon them, and they’re timely, urgent, alert, steeped in mortal mystery. They’re quixotic. They have swagger. What would you call such a thing? They called it Nights of Grief & Mystery."
www.orphanwisdom.com/events-list/
nathaliejroy

[links will be added to linktree soon]
• With Dignity Death Doula is a non-denominational organization, and I am promoting this event on a voluntary basis •

Thank you for the continued support in my doula journey, as well as being able to trust me in supporting you through dif...
09/10/2023

Thank you for the continued support in my doula journey, as well as being able to trust me in supporting you through difficult times.

No one should go through their death or grief alone. Thank you to the other deathworkers out there who advocate and care for others and provide services that are really needed in communities.

Here's to 900+ followers!

www.withdignitydoula.ca

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