Ellonyia Yenney holds an MBA from the University of Iowa's Tippy School of Business. She has earned both an End-of-Life Doula and a Companion Animal End-of-Life Care professional certificate from the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
She is a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) and in 2021 earned her proficiency designation.
Ellonyia is also a member of the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA).
She is a hospice volunteer with her two certified therapy dogs, Lola and Tilly. Ellonyia lives in Bettendorf, Iowa, and in her free time enjoys hiking and stitching snarky needlework.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
End-of-life Doulas (also called death doulas, death midwives, etc) are individuals who help facilitate discussions about end-of-life needs, wants, desires, fears, and hopes. Think of me as your end-of-life project manager.
The role is non-medical in nature but is there to help you decide what you need and how we can help you achieve those goals.
Please keep in mind that there is no one certifying organization for end-of-life doulas. You will want to make your own determination if a specific end-of-life doula will be a good fit for what you are looking for.
In general, unless they have had separate training, an end-of-life doula is not a nurse, chaplain, social worker, or formal bereavement counselor. They are not necessarily a replacement for any of these roles but they can work with all of them to provide thoughtful and integrated care that supports your wishes.
Our culture has moved away from talking about death; however, not talking about it doesn't keep people from dying. It only keeps people from having their choices expressed and known.
"Talking about death won't kill you" and it's important to me that you understand that you set the tone and the pace. This is your path. I'm just here to help you understand and document your choices.
That's ok. You don't need to have a life-limiting diagnosis or be "actively dying" to benefit from determining/documenting what your wishes are.
It might surprise you, but frequently the end-of-life doula is called to help support a family member of the person with a life-limiting illness.
The extent of what we go over is up to you.
I have a menu of sorts to help people consider what activities or projects someone might be interested in.
Some people want to go over advanced directives only. To others, legacy work and obituary writing will be important to add. Still others might want to have their family be a part of the process to help understand what to expect at the time of death and to plan what the bedside vigil will entail.
This is meant to be personal, just like the life that you are living is unique.
100%! There will be information that I will encourage you to share with others so that they know your end-of-life wishes, but it is ultimately up to you to choose what you share -- and with whom.
Pricing varies based on what you would like to accomplish.
We offer a sliding scale and do not wish to turn away a person based on financial need. As such we appreciate people being open about their ability to pay to continue to offer services.
Many services are appropriate for people who are dealing with the expected death of a companion animal. Exercises involving anticipated grief, quality of life, vigil plans, memorials, and even legacy work are all appropriate for our companion animals.