Peer support

You are not alone. As a trained doula, I provide emotional, logistical, and spiritual support for people with life-limiting and terminal conditions. 

Fear reduction

I help the client manage emotions and reduce fears through guided meditation, including mindfulness and loving-kindness meditations, proven to relieve near-death anxiety. We also utilize breathwork and other non-medical ways to achieve a less anxious, more peaceful death. 

Peer counseling/consultation

My client, their care team, and I work together so they better understand the end-of-life process, how to reduce fears, and how to support a loved one through this sacred time. 

Gender affirming/patient-centered advocacy

I am certified inclusive as a queer-informed death doula through Metro Inclusive Health in Florida and a trained volunteer with Howard Brown Health in Chicago. I also have over 30 years of experience as a political organizer/ally in the LGBTQ+ community, serving as an advocate and care partner.

Making the home or space calm/comfortable

I supply anything the client requests such as candles, essential oils, or soft music. This can also involve prayers or readings. Any rituals needed to help with the transition.

Legacy work

I have over 20 years of experience writing ethical wills, life stories, legacy letters, recipe books, and more. Samples available upon request. 

Writing obituaries, eulogies, posts

I write obituaries, eulogies, and more according to the client’s wishes. So please click here for obituary, eulogy, and post samples

Care coordination

I schedule visits for my clients to keep track of who’s coming to visit them and this includes loved ones and volunteers. This can be for grocery shopping, driving to appointments or cooking meals. 

Connecting client with appropriate local resources

Every community has pre and post-death services. I help my clients connect with professionals who can serve them in ways that I cannot, and this includes (but is not limited to) attorneys, licensed mental health therapists, funeral directors, reiki practitioners, hospice organizations, and so much more.  

Creating advance care directives

I support the client’s end-of-life choices and help them understand, create, and communicate written directives or plans for those choices.

Funeral celebrant

I’m trained and experienced in leading living funerals, traditional funerals, home funerals, or memorial services for a Jewish, Buddhist, or any faith background. Additonally, Anitya Doula Services is an educational consulting organization and is in no way considered a funeral establishment. Any contributions received by Anitya Doula Services and Catherine Durkin Robinson are for requested consulting services and private or public education. 

Getting personal, spiritual and emotional affairs in order

I help the client begin tender conversations with family. I also connect clients with loved ones in any way that might bring about a peaceful death.

Sitting vigil

A doula helps visitors feel comfortable. Above all, we share sacred and sometimes sad space together using humor and grace where appropriate. I also fill in when loved ones need respite or a break. 


As a doula, I support a client’s right to choose psychedelics for near-death anxiety. Unfortunately, this medicine is still illegal in most parts of the United States. Therefore, in the name of harm reduction, I can only offer trip-sitting services and integration sessions afterward. This is in partnership with the client’s therapist.

Bereavement care for friends and loved ones

I provide comfort either in-person or remotely for grieving loved ones. Certainly this involves both up to and after death, as needed.

Group Sessions

As an experienced educator, I invite you to join our group sessions and online classes anytime on a variety of topics related to facing life with joy, and death with peace. Book a session now.

My doula services do not include:

  • Medical care
  • Legal advice
  • Funeral Director services
  • Signing, certifying, or filing death certificates
  • Post-death body care
  • House cleaning/cooking
  • Will preparation
  • Hands-on care
  • Mental health counseling
  • Psychedelic sourcing
  • Musical therapy
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