I am Cat Martin. I’m a soul doula
I’m passionate about home-based health care, about helping the dying to face death with comfort and care, about helping families to cope with dying, and with after-death concerns.
I’m pragmatic, practical, I believe in hands-on problem solving. I’ve been working in home-based health care since I was 16, along with working in hospice, hospital and nursing home.
I’ve trained as an end of life doula with Deanna Cochrane, and as a soul midwife with Felicity Warner. As a soul doula, I’m gathering the best practices and ideas from both these paths of thought.
I’ve worked in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and America, and I’m adept at dealing with many & varied cultures.
I have experience of the dying process, and bring my client knowledge of what may come
I provide my clients with emotional support, companionship, and education
I listen to what my client needs
I help them make plans and fulfill them
My clients direct me to their needs
I help with household management, the details of keeping the residence functioning
I give comfort to the family, assisting them to cope with the process
I work in a non-medical model, I work holistically, encompassing social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual factors
I’m adept at non-verbal communication as it’s needed
I also run a monthly Death Café Tampa, where people can gather and discuss dying and death;
the monthly Morbid Curiosity Book Club Tampa that discusses books on death;
and the Tampa Caregiver Meetup group