Our first breath gives us life, but our last one honors a lifetime. – Audrey Parker

Welcome to Tending the Spirit End-of-Life Doula Care. My name is Nina Guertin, and I have been trained through the International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA). I have earned my National End of Life Doula Alliance Proficiency Badge and am currently working toward INELDA Certification.

My intention as an End-of-Life Doula is to assist the dying and their loved ones to experience death as a natural aspect of life – sometimes beautiful, sometimes messy – meeting all where they’re at and how they come. I see my role as one where I can ease fear and anxiety around death by supporting through emotional, spiritual, and practical service.

I bring practical, emotional, and spiritual assistance through my experience as an Interfaith Spiritual Director, Grief Support Specialist, and Hospice Vigil Volunteer. I also bring the experience of the loss of my parents, a brother, and three stillborn daughters, dear friends; as such, I have felt the visceral reaction to death from various perspectives. Love is my greatest motivation; patients and families have said that I bring calm and compassion during times of fear and anxiety. I feel that I have been called to offer my life in end-of-life service; as such, I ask you: How can I be of service to you?

Whether post-diagnosis / pre-hospice, during hospice, vigil, grief work, or post-death bereavement, or through ritualizing, commemorating, or memorializing, I am here and ready to be of service. I look forward to supporting, educating, listening, being still, and holding space for you.

To begin the conversation, follow your nudge, go to the Contact page, and tell me how I can be present for you and those you love.