I have been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2011 and was inspired to become an Oncology Massage Therapist in 2013 after learning of a dear friend’s cancer diagnosis. Soon after, while working with cancer survivors, I realized a need for open discussions about the emotional and practical aspects of facing the end of life. With that in mind, I trained in End of Life Massage in 2019 and went on to become an EOL Doula through Going With Grace the following year. In my Death Doula work, I have been described as a “professional daughter” in that I act with the care and compassion of a family member in guiding and supporting individuals and their loved ones through the dying process.

Whether the desire is for an end of life that is peaceful and painless, in solitude or surrounded by loved ones, medicated or non-medicated, it is my honor and privilege to help a dying person achieve whatever they envision as a “good death.”

"I have been trying to declutter my house for years with only limited success. Then I found out that Melanie was offering her Swedish Death Cleaning service, so I asked her to come over. In just three hours, we cleared one bedroom, the laundry room, and the dining room of unwanted clutter. Melanie is so easy to work with. She is non-judgmental, just asking if I wanted to keep or get rid of each item. What I did want to keep she put away for me. The rest either got thrown away or put in the give-away pile. At the end my house was so much cleaner and lighter. She made it so easy! If you are looking to clear your home of things you do not need any longer, I highly recommend Melanie. You will be happy with what she can do for you."

JS

"I am 63 years of age and have had Stage 4 renal cell carcinoma for the past six years. I had never heard of a death doula until the past several months. Since meeting Melanie she has been a big help in assisting me in coming to terms in what I am going through. She is a licensed massage therapist specializing in massaging cancer patients. She is absolutely the most awesome person. Has such a soft voice and touch. Knows where to offer and give advice or help with anything I could need. She is helping me transfer from the living into death. Tries to answer questions I have no clue what the answers are. I would recommend her to anyone with questions or with doubts on death and the hereafter. I have more courage, more confidence, and less fear of the unknown. I would highly recommend her to anyone facing their fear of death. Thank God for Melanie!"

MT

“Thank you Lord for giving Melanie the soothing hands of an angel!”

JM

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