Pam Janszen - Gentle Passings

I am 69-year-old country girl, raised in the Mt. Baker foothills. I have been a full-time resident of Saturna Island since 1988. I have raised two sons here, have a fabulous 7-year-old granddaughter, and am happily married.

My husband and I are known as the island naturalists; fungi and myxomycetes are my specialties. I also love to grow flowers. We share our home with Ruffy & Maggie, our Cardigan Corgis, and Milo, the Cat.

I’ve spent several years working in greenhouses. At one point I owned and operated a small landscaping and gardening business, but my aging body demanded a career change and so I became a Registered Care Aid.

It was through my care aid work that I learned that I preferred to work with palliative patients. It is such an honour to be present with someone during this journey, preparing to leave this life and then moving on to whatever is next for them.

For me, the similarities between birth and death are unmistakable – life is a multifaceted room with two doors, one for the babies to enter, and the other for those same babies to leave, with a universe of amazing splendor awaiting, just outside that room.


Additional Skills and Info:

  • Registered care aid
  • Member of the Institute of Birth, Breath and Death

Contact Info:

Saturna Island, BC