Meet the

BC End of Life Companions

Meet the BC End of Life Companions

IN VANCOUVER, the following certified graduates of the Conscious Dying Institute are part of the growing network of independent End-of-Life Companions offering professional services to your family:

Abegael Fisher Lang
End of Life Companion, Life Cycle Celebrant

Abegael Fisher-Lang is an End of Life Celebrant with Life Threads Ceremonies where she creates meaningful ceremony and healing ritual for grieving families.

A longtime arts educator, storyteller and interfaith minister, Abegael is inspired in her companioning work by imagination, poetry, love and nature.  

About End of Life Threads services with Life Threads Ceremonies

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Ann Gillespie
End of Life Companion, Death Awareness Education

Since 2012 Ann has promoted death awareness in Vancouver through Death Cafes, workshops, and organizing/hosting Sacred Passage End-of-life Doula Training with Conscious Dying Institute. She has been privileged to serve as a companion at the end of life and offer guidance for meaningful after-death care.

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Donna Spurr
End of Life Companion

Donna is a certified End of Life Doula with training in Healing Touch.  She strives to support clients and their loved ones by bringing peace and comfort during the clients’ end of life journeys. 

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Jennifer White
Founder of A Friend In Death, Certified End of Life Doula (x2), Palliative Care Volunteer

The mission of A Friend In Death is to help every client, whether that person is a patient or their loved one, navigate the highly charged and energetically powerful end-of-life journey with more ease and autonomy. Jennifer intuitively draws on her experience in palliative care, as well as her extensive training in yoga and meditation, to create a safe space from which one can more consciously approach the end of life with a stable foundation of loving kindness. Jennifer’s journey towards her work as an end-of-life doula started when she was a young woman, when she held her father’s hand in a moment of forgiveness and letting go after a lifetime of family pain. At that time and every time since, Jennifer has regularly experienced death as a portal to the highest levels of compassion, forgiveness and awareness, and it is this knowledge that keeps her committed to bringing relief and guidance to all who seek it. 

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Judy Crastina
End of Life Companion, Creative Soul Journeys

Judy’s aim is to connect to and explore the voice of the soul in order to weave the arts as meditation and self expression into the sacred journey of dying.

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Patricia Spear
End of Life Doula, Grief Counsellor

Patricia continues to be a vital and dedicated part of the palliative care team at Vancouver general hospital. In her role as volunteer she has sat at the bedside of patients living their final weeks, days, or hours, and has been privy to the unique challenges, aspirations and opportunities this time evokes. Patricia brings an atmosphere of stillness, compassionate presence and reverence to each meeting. Patricia is committed to hearing your voice and supporting your choices.

Patricia Spear is a retired social worker with over 40 years working on behalf of persons of all ages and stages through life cycle. 

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Zahra Lalani

Zahra has accompanied many people during the most challenging time in their lives and has witnessed many missed opportunities for connection, communication, healing, love and forgiveness. As your End of Life Companion, she is passionate about helping you move past fears and anxieties to help you articulate and put into action your hopes and wishes about life, death and dying. Zahra will provide you with holistic support that will complement the care that you are receiving from your health care team.

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“Abegael, we are so grateful for the many ‘angels’ that you brought together at Mom’s bedside before, during and after her passing. We will always carry with us the beauty of the angelic Threshold Choir, the Bell Choir, the cello and lyre music, eurythmy…it all lifted our spirits, as well as our mother’s. And it was wonderful that you sought and brought in an Anglican minister to bring her solace. With love and gratitude always.”

~ LA, North Vancouver

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