Sunset Doulas:
End of Life Planning, Legacy, & Closure

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A dusty sunset amidst palm trees; photo credit Marcy McDonald.

Whether you're healthy or ill, planning for your death needs to be done before it happens. We ask the hard questions now so that the answers will be easy when you and your loved ones need them. 

These services are designed to give you a comprehensive summary of your end-of-life planning decisions as well as to organize all the information someone would need to wrap up your affairs. We offer notary services to make it easier to file final documents.

We offer logistical guidance--not financial or legal advice. We make sure that resources are in the places WHERE they are needed, so you are prepared WHEN they are needed.

 Clear conversations and specific directions can ease the minds of everyone involved and relieve some of the anxiety wrapped up in thinking about your death. It’s also a huge kindness for those left behind.  

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A cloudy sunset perfectly reflected in a still pond; photo credit Marcy McDonald.

Clarifying your life's meaning makes dying more peaceful and living more powerful. Legacy projects keep your life vibrant for those you leave behind. If you're healthy, imagining your legacy through guided visualizations can help you make changes to live life more fully.

Legacy projects as well as reviewing and renewing your life's meaning can be done at any time in your life. In addition to working one on one, we will be offering group workshops and retreats on legacy and meaning.

For both the healthy and the dying, we also offer individual, 1-on-1 "Sunset/Sunrise" workshops in which you imagine your death so you can reinvent your life. Using guided visualizations, life review questions, & deep discussion, we explore your life’s themes, meaning, & legacy to help you course correct how you are living, refine your purpose, & heighten the joy you feel in your life.

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Living your last moments in a sacred, personalized space and being memorialized as you wish are choices most of us don't realize we have. 


End of life doula services can help create a plan for the final days, during which we honor the individual’s wishes for who should be present, music, touch, readings, & rituals.

From consulting on a formal plan for final moments, to sitting with you during bedside vigil, to wrapping up affairs and helping with grief, we support you and your loved ones in the ways you choose.

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What Is an End of Life Doula?

Filling a Gap in Care

End of life doulas (aka "Death Doulas") are transforming the way people die by guiding them and their loved ones through the process of death in an open, supportive, and practical way. 

End of life doulas help the dying find meaning in their lives through deep listening, legacy projects, and guided visualizations. They nurture, inform, support, guide, empower and comfort. They provide non-medical, non-judgmental support and guidance to individuals and families through times of critical life change.

They also empower the dying throughout the entire process by addressing worries and issues, informing everyone about the stages of dying, and being present through the end as the advocate for your wishes. 

The goal is to give as much control and ease to the dying as possible about the conditions surrounding their death including, but not limited to: 

  • What they want the space to look like, whether dying at home or in hospice. 
  • Who they want to visit them, and how they want to interact.
  • What spiritual or religious rituals they want.
  • Whether they want a "living" funeral--to celebrate life with friends and family while they can--or a memorial after death, or both. 
  • Whether they want a vigil--people sitting with them in the final hours of dying.
  • Whether they want a green or traditional burial, cremation, or another option.

An end of life doula creates a safe space for navigating through this most difficult of times--before and during for the dying, and after death for loved ones who are grieving and coping with final affairs.

End of life Doulas are non-medical professionals who supplement the work of hospices by spending much-needed additional time with the dying and their loved ones. For instance, they can begin their work well before someone needs hospice.

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About Us

Marcy McDonald

Marcy is the owner of Sunset Doulas and trained with INELDA (International End-of-Life Doula Association), Going with Grace, Maggie's Hospice, and Hospice Family Care. Qualified to do both end-of-life planning and doula care, she has earned the Proficiency Badge from the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA).

After the deaths of her brother and parents, Marcy felt called to help others prepare for the end of their lives and to help create a sacred passing for them.

She is the author of Build Happiness: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life, a neuroscience-based guide to living fully in the present. She has long worked in education and coaching. 

Marcy's dog Tigger is training to be a therapy dog for veterans and the dying.

Why does the business use the plural for "doulas" if Marcy is the sole owner?

Marcy collaborates with other end of life doulas as needed to provide optimum care for the dying and their loved ones. For instance, if you want to have a doula present throughout the night during a vigil, we share these duties.

Marcy and her collaborators believe in the dignity of every individual and that death should be a natural and loving experience. Our end of life doula services support family and loved ones without regard to race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or national origin.

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Click here to schedule a FREE, 15-minute Consultation. We can discuss your questions & see if we're a good fit for your end of life needs.

If you or a loved one is dying, let's talk about how end of life planning and doula work can help make this easier. 

If you are healthy, creating a comprehensive, end-of-life plan now will ensure your loved ones aren't burdened with decision-making should you die suddenly. 



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Sunset Doulas

Prescott, Arizona, United States (434) 774-7111



9:00 am – 6:00 pm


9:00 am – 6:00 pm


9:00 am – 6:00 pm


9:00 am – 6:00 pm


9:00 am – 6:00 pm


By Appointment


By Appointment