Doula Practitioner

Hi, I am Catherine Lyon.

I was a Registered Nurse for 30 years before retiring in 2017. I found it hard to not be a Nurse and so found my way to Soul Companions and the End of Life Doula training.

For the last 20 years of my Nursing career I supported individuals and their families with complex neurological conditions with long term care needs and who’s life often seemed arduous and dark.

When the illness is lengthy and the person you love changes physically and psychologically it can feel like you have lost them before they have died. Anticipatory grief is the normal mourning that occurs when we are given the news that we or someone we love is going to die; in most cases this grief accompanies a short illness and resolves into bereavement. This kind of anticipatory grief can be crippling, grieving for your past life, and fearing the inevitable future leaves no room for today. This is just one way Doulas can help you to take control of these thoughts and feelings and make space for you all to enjoy each moment, day by day.

Helping people develop the resilience to navigate their long-term condition has been my life’s work and my Doula training revealed so much more to me than I had previously been able to explore. Unlike in the clinical setting, a Doula can give you time, allowing you to consider your situation peacefully and considerately. We can facilitate conversation between you and your loved ones reducing fear and sadness, sharing, supporting, and letting in the light.

I am based in Herefordshire and in my previous life I won awards for my end of life planning and I am an expert listener. If you feel you need a guide through this tough time, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

I can be contacted at mydoulacathy@gmail.com.

My body blessing I did for Daisy: