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About

Traci Arieli

Hello and welcome! I’m grateful that you’ve taken a moment to learn more about me. 

  

My journey to becoming an end-of-life doula has been deeply influenced by a personal tragedy – the loss of a close family member to suicide. This experience exposed me to the stark realities of grief and the often inadequate support provided by those around us. It ignited in me a resolve to be a source of compassion, understanding, and skilled guidance for others facing the complexities of end-of-life and the many emotions that accompany it.  

  

From advance planning and directives to creating memorable legacy projects, I've been honored to support many individuals and their families. The end-of-life journey can often be overwhelming, filled with a myriad of emotions and decisions. This is where I step in. My commitment is to alleviate some of that burden, providing the solace of respite and vigil sitting, ensuring that neither you nor your loved ones ever have to face these moments alone. 

  

In addition to my role as a doula, I wear the hat of a grief coach. Grief is an emotion that's deeply personal and unique to each individual. Through my experiences and training, I've come to understand its intricacies and the profound impact it can have. Regardless of where you are in the U.S., I’m here to walk alongside you, offering guidance, understanding, and a listening ear. 

  

Beyond my professional roles, my dedication to this field is reflected in my volunteer work. I have offered my time and expertise in hospice settings, supporting those at the very end of their journey. Additionally, I've been involved in 24-hour crisis support at hospitals. In these critical moments, my responsibilities spanned from providing information about patients' rights regarding medical care to offering immediate assistance with shelter, clothing, and transportation, and ensuring individuals receive the referrals to services they need. 

  

My training as an end-of-life doula through Lifespan Doulas and my achievement in passing the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance Proficiency exam have further equipped me with the knowledge and skills to serve you best. These accomplishments, while significant, are secondary to the genuine joy and fulfillment I derive from making a positive difference in someone's life. It's an honor to be part of your journey. 

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Mission & Values

 

Mission

Our mission at Comforting Closure is to provide a caring presence and support to those nearing the end of their lives. We hope to empower those grieving or nearing the end of life, as well as their families, by addressing their goals for a dignified transition. We endeavor to ensure that everyone we serve has the highest possible quality of life, with their desires respected and legacies honored. Central to our mission is normalizing conversations around aging, death, and grieving, fostering a culture of understanding and support. By doing so, we can demystify end-of-life processes, alleviate fear, and create a community that embraces these conversations, ensuring a serene farewell and lasting comfort for everyone involved.

 

 

 

Values

  • Compassionate Support – To deliver empathetic care and comprehensive support, seamlessly blending kindness with assistance to clients and their families. 

  • Dignity- To respect the intrinsic worth of every individual by honoring their end-of-life wishes and personal narratives. 

  • Integrity- To commit to the highest ethical practices, with honesty and transparency as the foundation of trust with clients and partners. 

  • Collaboration – To engage in meaningful partnerships with healthcare professionals and community resources to provide holistic care. 

 

Education

  • Holding Space Grief Consultant, The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death

  • Grief Work Teacher Training, The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death

  • Grief Work Training, The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death

  • Understanding Trauma for Birth & Death Doulas, The Institute for the Study of Birth, Breath, and Death

  • End-of-Life Doula Training, Lifespan Doulas

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Body Temple Yoga School

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Illinois

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