Meet Our Doulas

Nancy Finkle

Nancy Finkle has a love affair with life, teaching, and learning. Now retired from a 30+ year career in education, she endeavors to share her empathic heart, open mind and keen intelligence in service of meaningful end-of-life passages. A student of ceremony and ritual, her eloquence and warmth have underscored meaning at moments of sacred transition (bedside support, funerals/memorials, weddings, and more). It is now her focus to offer gentle support, home funeral guidance, healing touch and spiritual openness to those facing death, and the people who love them. Nancy is also available to coach and help focus the bereaved in completion of necessary documents.

Having been a Peace Corps Rural Health Educator in Honduras, Nancy is fluent in Spanish and delights in learning about history, politics, the arts, and science anywhere in the world her feet or bicycle wheels take her.

Zoë Francesca Goldblatt

Zoë has a playful, gentle, loving spirit and a deeply compassionate soulful presence. In addition to providing Doula services, she offers grief counseling, and is active in the AriYael Jewish Healing Center. For over 10 years, Zoe has specialized in working with people experiencing memory loss, and their caregivers at Z*O*E Activity Therapies. Where appropriate, she uses music, poetry, visual art and other expressive arts to help connect her clients to their own truths about life and death.

Zoë embraces Jewish spiritual practice and is comfortable working with people of all religious and non-religious backgrounds. She is an ally to LGBTQ families and communities. She is supportive of Palliative Care, Hospice Care, and people who choose the End of Life Option Act (Medical Aid in Dying). Zoë has training in Relationship & Intimacy coaching through the Somatica Institute and is comfortable with addressing another, often hidden dimension of aging and disability: challenges with intimacy and attachment.

Rhyena Halpern

As a Third Act Retirement Coach, a Conscious Death and Dying Educator, and an End of Life Doula, Rhyena embraces the final decades, years, months and days of our lives.

Rhyena holds the space as loved ones and their families journey through living while dying. Her role is one of compassionate, emotional, non-medical support at end of life. She uses many tools including conversations about beliefs about death; life review and legacy projects; advanced care directives; end of life planning and rituals; home funerals and green alternatives to traditional burials.

Rhyena is passionate about death-acceptance and conscious dying, facilitating weekly online Death Cafes as well as teaching and leading classes for the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.

She also works with people on developing a vision for the third act of their lives. She does this work in her own Third Act, following her careers as a documentary filmmaker and arts manager.

Rita Trumbo

Rita’s connection with the heart of individuals serves her clients well as a Hospice Volunteer, End-of-Life Doula, and bereavement support for families. Passionate about normalizing death and the dying process, this connection allows her clients to live the fullest life possible while planning for the best death and sustaining those left behind.

By providing physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual support, and partnering with the patient and their family, the dying process is less mysterious, while the planning, decisions, and control remain with those most directly involved. A safe environment offers opportunities to resolve issues, complete conversations, and revisit one’s life legacy.

As a health care advocate, Rita supports the continuum of care helping clients understand their medical condition in order to make decisions that support the quality of life they desire, which may include the transition from curative/palliative treatment to hospice care and planning for their final days.

Ilana Trumbull

Ilana Trumbull, M.S., L.Ac., has practiced Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine since 2000. Her practice draws on a committed meditation practice, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, Myofascial Release and QiGong.

Integrating spirit is always at the forefront of Ilana’s work and to this she brings a rich background in the wisdom traditions of Jewish, Buddhist and Unitarian Universalist practices. She works calmly and openly with families and individuals as they traverse the passages of life and death. Acupuncture offers a unique window into planning conscious dying and dying with dignity.

Ilana has extensive experience and specialized training in work with the active elderly, LGBTQI community, brain injury, trauma treatment, anxiety/depression, community medicine, palliative care and cancer care.

Trina Wacasey

Trina is a provocateur and proponent of doing death differently. Her desire is to pique others’ curiosity about the variety of end of life options that are available and to help clients reflect on and dream up their very best ending.  From living memorials, to at-home funerals, and natural disposition options, Trina enjoys collaborating with families to create a safe and meaningful physical and emotional space—one that is an honoring, authentic and natural experience.

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