Death Doula

Adrianna was a guest on CTV’s The Social talking about being a Death Doula and supporting the death positive movement.

Adrianna has experience supporting the dying and the bereaved, assisting you and your loved ones through end of life care. She is currently a volunteer with Hospice Toronto as a one-on-one Hospice Care Companion, and bereavement & grief support worker.

Adrianna lost her brother to suicide in 2010 and his death propelled her into a journey of understanding grief and bereavement. She became a suicide prevention trainer, has her applied suicide intervention skills training ASIST, of which she has provided workshops on in Ontario and Quebec. Continuing her education she has her Grief Literacy certificates with Being Here, Human; as well as a certificate from Douglas College as an End of Life Doula. She went on to train with Hospice Toronto and completed their core companion training as well as their bereavement and grief support worker training.

Adrianna was profiled in Canadian Business: “A Wave of Start-ups Are Disrupting the $2-Billion Funeral Industry End-of-life planning is getting cheaper, easier and more comforting” By Rosemary Counter, February 2023. Adrianna also shares her journey on TikTok with 10k+ followers as @LadyDeathDoula:

What is a Death Doula?

A Death Doula, Anam-Cara, Soul Companion, or Death Walker, is someone who supports the death experience (before, during, and after) and all those involved in a care provider role. Dying is an emotional journey and can be overwhelming for the dying as well as the friends and family of the dying. The Death Doula is there to take some of that load from your shoulders, and be an extra set of hands and warm heart. They do not provide legal or medical aid.

A Death Doula’s work could look like logistical planning for the before, during, and after death; conducting rituals or comforting practices; helping the dying person reflect on their life and values; explaining the bodily functions of dying to their caregivers; providing companionship to the person who is dying and/or to the primary caregivers around them (which can be as simple as a cup of tea, doing the dishes, listening to how their day went, or escorting them to their appointments). During COVID19 restrictions, Adrianna has been able to provide Companion Care by telephone and video call, as well as creating care packages sent by post.

*A slide presentation by Adrianna Prosser (with Madeleine Domingue) on what a Death Doula can do for you.

Adrianna can assist you with:

Payment plans are negotiable, please contact Adrianna for more information.
Serving the Toronto and GTA region. Support over Zoom and phone available outside of Toronto.

Canadian Resources

Advance Care Planning (Ontario) (Link)
The website begins with an explanation of what ACP is and then guides you through the ACP process.  Along the way it will introduce and explain the concepts of informed consent, mental capacity and substitute decision-making. Download or ask for your free booklet to be sent in the mail.

The Eirene Guide to End of Life Planning (PDF)
Download this resource as a helpful checklist to help guide you through end of life planning. From

Advance Care Planning Kit with Dying with Dignity (Link)
Helpful videos and prompts that invites you to think about and express your wishes for health care and treatment at the end of life. It is intended to provoke thinking, conversation, and planning, and to encourage communication among you, your loved ones, and your health care providers.  Download in link.

Substitute Decision Maker (PDF)
This information is intended to support you to understand the role and responsibilities of the Substitute Decision Maker (SDM). Under Ontario Law, a doctor must get consent from the patient or their SDM(s) for any health care decisions, consent does not come from a piece of paper, it must come from a person so being prepared for this role is essential. 

21 Days to Die by Linda Hochstetler (Book)
For most people with advancing diseases, there are signs that death will be soon. Diseases have many trajectories, but at a certain stage, the ceasing of life becomes certain, with a predictable sequence. At 21 days, there are usually no more treatment options with any real promise of quality of life. Death is a mystery, and we don’t want to take all the mystery away. However, there are steps we each can take to be fully, effectively present in the process, including navigating how EOL care works in Canada. This book is published in the hope that all Canadians will come to recognize these signs. Together we can share this information and be ready to welcome death when the time is right with peace of mind and no regrets.

Natural Burial Association (Website)
The natural burial movement began in the 1990’s and has gained momentum as more people appreciate that their connection and responsibility to the earth does not need to stop at death. Buried in a biodegradable casket or shroud, the body returns carbon and other minerals to the earth. Natural burial grounds bear no resemblance to conventional cemeteries. Rather than manicured lawns with rows of tombstones, imagine a meadow or woodland, which is restored and protected in its natural ecosystem.

Meal Train (Website)
Meal Train is rooted in the idea that a meal is a symbolic gesture of one person’s willingness to help another. The meal is a vehicle that allows the giving party the opportunity to show they care, that they hope to reduce a burden, and they will be there for the receiving party in the future. This outreach is a true interpersonal connection and is one that helps foster inter-dependence, dialogue, and compassion.

Hospice Toronto (Website)
Since 1988, Hospice Toronto has served nearly 12,000 clients. By providing and advancing compassionate care and leadership in the volunteer-based home hospice community, Hospice Toronto has become a recognized leader in providing high-quality hospice care and support for people and their loved ones through all phases of their life-threatening illness, at no charge. We support Adding Life to Days through our In Home, Bereavement and Children’s Support Programs; Expressive Arts Therapy; Young Carers Program; and Advocacy & Consultation.

The Death Deck (Game)
Have Fun With Some Taboo Talk. Play the new party game that lets you explore a topic we’re all obsessed with but often afraid to discuss.

Adrianna was interviewed for her volunteer work as a Hospice Care Companion with Hospice Toronto
Adrianna as a guest on CTV’s The Social for their “The Death Positive Movement” segment