Meet the Mentors

End of Life Doula Preparation – Mentors

Samina Ali

I have experience working with children with behavioural difficulties/grief/ ADHD/Bullying behaviour and dissociative disorder, children with Profound and Mental Learning Disabilities, and adults with Schizophrenia and concomitant depression – on medication but released from hospital in a secure home with medium support to aid their transition back into a ‘society’ where they feel like they are involved and contributing to. This experience was as a Dance Movement Psychotherapist. I also worked with the homeless, and all types of permaculture, eco and spiritual communities with this qualification. I also have a coaching and training and teaching Certificate qualification, and previous to being a Dance Movement Psychotherapist, I have also had 7 years management experience, and 15 years experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and the NHS.

To work with Samina, contact her on:

Su Barber

Su has been a Birthing from Within Mentor and Birth Story Listener since 2008. She works with Mothers and families, helping people to return to themselves when feeling lost, healing after a traumatic time, finding joy again. She is looking forward to working within this new time of change and transition for families. She was often around death as a young child, in her grandparents Rest Home and at the death of dear relatives. She would like to learn more and help others to ease any suffering at the end of life.

To work with Su, contact her on:

Awen Clement

Awen is a pagan priest, independent celebrant, doula and healer based in Birmingham in the UK. She is deeply connected to trees and the land and when she isn’t raising her four children she can be found either walking in the woods or hanging out in her tiny temple shed at the bottom of the garden. Awen is passionate about ceremony and ritual and how they bring us into connection.

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Marjolein Faber

Marjolein lives in the Netherlands and works as a midwife as well as an author, public speaker, certified Arvigo Practitioner, postpartum care specialist, coach, mentor, teacher and End of Life Doula.

Contact Marjolein:

Jana Gorst

I’m hoping to be of assistance due to my experience as a nurse, and as a hospice nurse for the last five years. Alongside this, my spiritual self-enquiry journey through yoga has been equally beneficial. The emotional work I focus on is just as important in everyday life as it is in the period of terminal illness and preparation for death. I work with the public and people living with chronic illness and cancer. I have also recently started to incorporate the grief-work into my yoga classes. I also work on an individual basis as well as at the hospice. Please get in touch if you would like to work with me.

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Mike Grenville

Mike is an End of Life Doula and Funeral Celebrant. He lives and works from Frome. Mike brought his amazing contribution as co-facilitator at the Frome training last year. Mike will add to this biography is due course.

Contact Mike:

Lilli Hardebeck Becker

Apprentice Crone,

InterFaith minister & celebrant,

free-lance accounts + admin support

intuitive – practical – generous

socially slightly awkward – deep – witty

no nonsense – loving

multi lingual – multi cultural

40 years of experience as counsellor with eclectic mix of client centred listening, NLP, CG Jung inspired shadow dancing, dreaming, deep association, Tarot

over 10 years’ experience in ‘sitting’ with people, ill or in their own worlds or in the process of dying, ‘tuning’ into nonverbal communication, being as tidy and rational about it as possible

in regular i.e. monthly supervision

being inspired by and drawing from the Cycle of the Year, gardening, soil, music, open fires, wild water, The Hills, and a deep joy from ceremonies and rituals

Contact Lilli:

Sue Jenkins

I qualified as a Dramatherapist in 1998 and worked with groups and individuals. My speciality became Bereavement and I worked with many clients with unresolved grief in a NHS mental Health Unit.

I  trained as a Cruise Counsellor as well as Supervisor. I was a Supervisor for Kingston Bereavement Centre. 

I currently have a Private Practice and provide both Therapy and Supervision.

I am also a Transpersonal Spiritual Coach.

I have my own Therapy and Supervision and belong to professional bodies and I am insured.

I was a Tutor at a Creative Arts Conference in New York , where I provided a workshop on the use of Dramatherapy with the Dying. 

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Susan Knox

My name is Susan Knox, I am 54 years old with a grown family (four children, four step-children). I grew up in Brodick on the Isle of Arran and while most of my life has been spent on the island, I have also spent some years in London, Shetland, Wales and Mainland Ayrshire.

In addition to end of life care, I work as a therapeutic counsellor and reiki practitioner ( for more information).

Along with fellow therapists, my husband (a GP) and I have been busy creating a holistic therapy centre in Brodick. This work has taken place over the last 18 months and we now have many different therapies on offer at Heather Lodge. ( for more information.) My colleague Jan and I base our death doula service ‘Caim’ here.

I feel strongly called to work with the dying and have been gradually building experience over the last 10 years. Arran, sitting on the highland line, has been recognised as a healing place for centuries. I tap into this energy as well as our Celtic heritage in my work, using nature and stories to illustrate, explain and support. I believe it is very important to actively reclaim the healthy traditions around death and dying that we have lost and to pass this on. In so doing I trust that we also build community and compassion for each other.

Contact Susan:

Jo Rogers

Jo is a Journey Companion, weaving together her skills and experience to bring fierce compassion and companionship in service to all beings. She manifests this calling to serve by meeting people where they are and offering a place for them to rest, explore, heal and be brave in. She is inspired by the profound interconnectedness of life and the wild alchemy at the heart of healing and wholeness. Jo walks with spirit on the roads of grief, beauty, deep sorrow and boundless wonder. Her touch is light but her roots are deeply nestled in the land and nourished by the Divine in all things. Overcoming serious illness and living with it’s effects has been a rich and valued teacher and Jo is always grateful to receive the wisdom that comes from listening to her body and her heart’s voice.

Supporting others to find practices that sustain and strengthen them makes her soul sing. Her own journey back to wholeness is filled with touching the pulse of the land, singing to the trees, dancing in the starlight and standing witness on the bridge between worlds. She is both practical and spiritual and loves to blend current science and evidence with the ancient truths she knows in her bones.

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Bryony Wildblood

Bryony is a OneSpirit interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor based in the South-East of England. She works in Surrey as a hospice chaplain, journeying alongside people as they travel through life and loss in its many forms. She works with people of all faiths and none, with the intent to meet people where they are, and love them. She supports patients and carers both in day services, and in the community, offering one-to-one spiritual counselling sessions, group work, as well as healing rituals and sacraments. She works closely with many patients and their families to pre-plan their funerals, as part of a wider spiritual and healing journey. Recently, she has been involved in developing a “rehabilitative palliative approach” – which aims to support patients and their families to live life more fully from a much earlier stage in their diagnosis.

She trained as a funeral celebrant with the award-winning Green Fuse, Totnes; She has also trained in Conscious Transitioning into Death and shamanic psychopomping, two different forms for aiding the soul to cross into whatever lies beyond. She sees her funeral work as part of this wider landscape, and her role at the hospice allows her to offer ongoing bereavement support to the families that she works with. In addition to the services that she offers as a minister and chaplain, she also works with people on a one-to-one basis, offering spiritual counselling and “soul work” (which introduces some of the more embodied, ritualistic and healing elements of my spiritual practices to the more traditional counselling format).

A nomadic soul, she sought a sense of belonging in various locations, professions and spiritual practices before discovering her passion for ministry, which is essentially her passion for life. She is an artist and a dreamer; a healer, a dancer, an everyday mystic. Her spiritual path has been an embodied pilgrimage through sacred circle dance and 5 Rhythms; it has been a spiraling journey of Shamanic Dreaming and Movement Medicine; it has been an exploration of Advaita Vedanta, an ongoing to surrender to what is… awakening to the now that is always available, to the Boundless Awareness at the heart of the universe. It remains an emerging and ongoing surrender to life and all its mystery.