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Our Approach

Our approach is holistic, individual, person-centered quality care. We see death as a process rather than an event that takes place over time. We see building relationships with the person as the key to supporting them in their journey. We see a person as being made up of a unique set of circumstances and beliefs. We see the person as an individual.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, please see our Policies and Procedures manual. If you are part of the staff at a hospice or are a hospice volunteer, please read our Hospice Letter of Intent. You are welcome to reference any of the information contained in these documents, however we kindly ask that you reference us as the source to acknowledge the time and energy our team put into developing these materials.

Our Story

We began by having a coffee and talking about death. Our passion and desire to provide opportunities to die better created a bond.  That bond soon became a source of community. That community slowly grew by one member each week. Each week gave us opportunities to share with more like minded persons, and this is where the story begins...


Elaine Macdonald

President - Board of Directors
End of Life Doula/Registered Nurse


Elaine has always been fascinated by our individual journeys at end of life, seeking to advocate for a mindfulness approach that sees the joy in living and aging, by caring and celebrating. As a busy RN in community health services, she is perfectly positioned in the health care world to promote end of life doula services as integral to a collaborative team approach with clients and families in our vision to raise the standard of end of life care. The beautiful Comox Valley is home for Elaine, her husband and their pups and she is passionate about connecting, always looking for opportunities to “start the conversation”.

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Jennifer Mallmes

Past President - Board of Directors
End of Life Care Doula/Registered Care Aide


Jennifer Mallmes is co-director of the End of Life Doula Association of Canada. She has worked as a "doula" for the last 5 years and prior to that she  worked as a palliative care worker.  She completed a degree in General Studies, minoring in Gerontology and Sociology from Simon Fraser University. She is currently the instructor of the End of Life Care Doula Certificate program at Douglas College in Coquitlam, BC.  Jennifer's passion is that all persons will have access to and be knowledgeable of the resources available to them, while advocating for better end of life care.
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Sarah Muxlow

Board of Directors
End of Life Care Doula/Social Work


Sarah Muxlow is Co-Founder of the End of Life Doula Association of Canada and holds a degree in Social Work from the University of the Fraser Valley. Sarah’s passion for improving end of life care began after experiencing the loss of a loved one in 2013. She has dedicated herself to expanding education and services surrounding hospice, palliative care, and grief and loss. Sarah and Jennifer first met in 2016 and recognized the need to establish a scope of practice, governing body, standard of practice, and ethics for End of Life Doulas. Since 2016, Sarah has volunteered with the Chilliwack Hospice Society and is trained in vigil, hospice and bereavement care. She co-coordinates the Chilliwack Hospice Vigil Outreach Team and continually seeks to provide education on hospice palliative care and grief and loss support to her community.

Brandi Bailey

Brandi Bailey

End of Life Doula/Marketing Consultant


Brandi is an End of Life Doula and hospice volunteer in the Tri Cities. She has a business background, and has worked in Advertising and Marketing for 20+ years. Brandi supports the End of Life Doula Association by managing our email inquiries, newsletter and social media communications as well as running our website and helping out with monthly meetings.