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Winding Path
Doula Services

Nicole Daigle-End of Life Doula


My Story

I'm an end of life doula based in Chicago, IL. I'd like to be a part of creating a more death positive culture, which starts with seeing death as part of the life cycle and opening up conversation about death and dying.
I was an elementary school teacher for over a decade before transitioning into doula work. People are sometimes surprised at this, but to me there's a natural connection between the two vocations. As a teacher and as a doula, I'm listening to what someone needs and I'm guiding more than I'm telling anyone what to do. In education, I firmly believe that children should be able to learn about their interests and make organic discoveries. Similarly, as a doula, I am a conduit of information; my job is to help a client explore what a "good death" is for them, not give them answers.
I believe that a doula can be a valuable part of a client's team in addition to nurses, doctors, social workers, and loved ones. A doula can be a holistic caregiver to someone at their end of life transition and be a source of comfort and knowledge for both the client and their loved ones during a difficult time.


How Can I Help You as an End of Life Doula?

Training and Credentials

International Doula Life Movement
End of Life Doula Certification

-Non-medical end of life care

-Advance care planning paperwork

-Conflict resolution

-Legacy work

-Creating a sacred space

-Funeral/cremation/green burial options

International Doula Life Movement
Certified Life Planning Specialist

Detailed, intensive program designed to give doulas all the tools needed to be experts at helping clients craft a complete advance care planning package.

National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA)
NEDA Proficiency Badge

The NEDA Proficiency Assessment, for which one earns a Proficiency Badge, is a digital micro-credential that provides evidence of achieving a certain level of knowledge. It is based on a set of core competencies that was developed by end-of life doulas and trainers from a variety of organizations.

Compassion & Choices
Chicago Action Team Leader

-Manage email list; communicate with volunteers; help plan and facilitate events; plan and lead monthly Zoom meetings.

-Deliver presentations about end of life options and the importance of advance planning.

-Facilitated ongoing practice group for end of life choices presenters.

"Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it."

Haruki Murakami


Book an initial consultation


My services can be customized; every client's situation is different. I work on a sliding scale in order to best meet the needs of a wide range of clients. Please get in touch for a complimentary consultation or use the link above to book directly. I try to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.


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Chicago Death Doula Collective

I am a board member of the Chicago Death Doula Collective. We provide Chicagoans with
holistic, inclusive and accessible death care, death education and death advocacy. Learn more about us at the link below.

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