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Life Review & Legacy

Life Review & Legacy

Life Review & Legacy

Clarifying your life's meaning makes dying more peaceful and living more powerful. We can guide you through a Life Review or Legacy Project. Life Review and Legacy Projects touch upon two phases of Deathploration: Pre-Deathing™ and Lifeploration.


Life Review explores your life history with the goals of discerning your successes, your regrets, and what you still hope to accomplish. For the dying, it helps you come to peace with your life in your final days. For the healthy, it helps you reinvigorate and redirect your life to live joyfully and without regrets. 


A Legacy Project incorporates memories and personality into a keepsake. A few examples: creating a video eulogy, letters to children and grandchildren, writing stories to annotate a recipe collection, or a book of milestones and lessons from your life.


Legacy projects as well as life review can be done at any time in your life. In addition to working one on one, we offer Deathploration group workshops and retreats that imagine your death to reimagine your life. Check our Events section for current offerings.


Ready to book a Life Review or Legacy Project? Click here.


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Leavetaking

Life Review & Legacy

Life Review & Legacy

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. 

  

Leavetaking involves two phases of Deathploration™: Deathing™ and PostDeathing.


Sunset Doulas can advise you on how to create a detailed plan for the final days, during which we honor the individual’s wishes for who should be present, music, touch, readings, & rituals. 


From teaching you about and 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.


If desired, we can also advise you on creating a personalized celebration of life. Our goal is to empower the family to experience a good death and celebration of life as they define it.


Our Leavetaking Consultation is a 60-minute discussion and education session. We can book more time as needed. Any members of the family may attend, according to the wishes of the dying.


Ready to book a Leavetaking Consultation? Click here.


Events & Workshops

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"Grief and Gratitude" Group

NOTE: We've moved this event to Zoom to protect our clients from possible contagion. https://zoom.us/j/9566792469
Meeting ID: 956 679 2469

Date:  April 19, 2020/5-6:30 PM (PST)

Love Donation: $5


This is a joint venture with threshold singers and doulas Sage Lewis and James Schattauer. We invite anyone wanting to share both grief and gratitude for loved ones (human or pets or both) in a loosely structured session designed to bring light and comfort. We will sing, draw, meditate, and share around a memorial altar. Each of the  sessions is slightly different. Come to just one or all of them, as brings you peace. For more details, please contact us!

FREE Talk: “You Can’t Take It with You: Why and How to Downsize Now”

Date:  TBD--I'm looking at bringing this online. Stay tuned!

Location: Prescott Public Library

215 E. Goodwin St.

Prescott, AZ 86303


This talk shares reasons to downsize or minimize your stuff, with some solid tips about HOW to do so, for seniors or anyone who wants to downsize for a simpler, more satisfying life. A motivating, informative and entertaining talk that addresses the mental, emotional and physical aspects of downsizing, thereby enabling attendees to start the downsizing process, begin to prepare their home for sale, and learn to let go so they can move ahead to an active, uncluttered lifestyle. 


This talk presents: 3 key downsizing points, where to start options, how to deal with items which represent memories, lists to begin making, how to determine how much to downsize and why it’s important to start downsizing now – even if you’re undecided where you’ll live.

DEATHPLORATION™: Imagining Death, Reimagining Life™

What is Deathploration™? This unique, immersive experience takes you on an intense journey to look at your own life through the lens of your death. We take you through 4 phases: PreDeathing, Deathing, PostDeathing™, and Lifeploration™. There are few things as powerful for lighting up your life as looking at its end. 


To be put on our  mailing list for the next Deathploration™ retreat or workshop, or to work with us on any phase 1-on-1, please contact us! Or better yet, book a free, 30-minute consultation to see how Deathploration™ can help you! 


Imagining Death, Reimagining Life.™ 

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.


An end of life doula creates a safe space for navigating through this most difficult of times--before and during transition 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.


Questions? Contact Us.


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Cacti shaped like hearts silhouetted against the setting sun.

About Us

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Marcy McDonald

Marcy is the owner of Sunset Doulas. She trained with INELDA (International End-of-Life Doula Association), Going with Grace, Maggie's Hospice, and Humana-Kindred Family Care. She has earned the Proficiency Badge from the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA). She's also a member of the Prescott Area Professional Coaches, and the National Home Funeral Alliance.


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. Look for future workshops on death, dying, and mindfulness.


Marcy's dog Tigger is a therapy dog for veterans and the dying, and an official volunteer for Maggie's Hospice.

Beth Dahlmeier, End of Life Doula and chaplain with her black and white dog.

Beth Dahlmeir, MA, LMFT

Beth Dahlmeier trained with the International End of Life Doula Association. She has years of experience as an End of Life Doula, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Hospice Chaplain. She is also a Reiki Master, Certified Life Coach, Self Care Camp® Founder and Facilitator, and SoulCollage® Facilitator. Beth integrates spirituality, psychology, energy medicine, and creativity into all workshops and retreats that she facilitates, making the experience meaningful, uplifting, transformative and fun.


Sage Lewis

Sage Lewis received End of Life Doula training through the International End of Life Doula Association in 2020. She is a Certified Life Coach, Animal Communicator, Animal Hospice Consultant, and Certified Tellington TTouch®  Advanced Practitioner. She and her husband, James Schattauer, have previously served in a threshold singing choir.


Sunset Doulas 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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Questions?

Click here to schedule a FREE, 30-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 an end of life doula can help you prepare and cope.


If you are healthy, taking a look at your life through the lens of leaving it can bring amazing insights. Look for upcoming workshops on this topic.

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Sunset Doulas

Prescott, Arizona, United States

marcy@sunsetdoulas.com (434) 774-7111

Hours

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09:00 am – 06:00 pm

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09:00 am – 06:00 pm

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09:00 am – 06:00 pm

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09:00 am – 06:00 pm

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09:00 am – 06:00 pm

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09:00 am – 04:00 pm

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09:00 am – 04:00 pm