Care planning includes evaluation of what resources, collaboration with your holistic care team, and education surrounding physical, spiritual, and emotional patterns that are common during moments of transition. Drawing from evidence-based research, disability justice organizing, and experience, our care planning services are created to offer guidance in the understanding of what happens to the body. The primary role of our care planning services is to provide emotional, physical, and spiritual companionship through the creation of your holistic care plan. Each care planning session is designed to include a range of options for bodies of all shapes and sizes, welcomes all ages, and supports all gendered and non-gendered persons.
Advance Directive planning services include education surrounding the process and planning for a person's physical treatment during medical emergencies, their end-of-life time, and/or their eventual death. These planning sessions are developed to support one-on-one or small group walkthroughs completing Advance Directives for your and/or your loved one's care. Together with your doula, you will complete and have notarized the written legal documents that outline what a person wants or doesn't want if in the future that person can't make their own wishes known about medical treatment.
These sessions range from 1hr to 3hrs on average and are great for anyone who is hoping to put their wishes in writing or begin a conversation about the logistics of planning for medical emergencies, end-of-life, and/or death. Some of the legal documents include the Power of Attorney for Healthcare, Power of Attorney for Finances, Advance Directive, and/or POLST forms. Depending on each person's physical, emotional, and cognitive health the necessary legal documents may be different, we can help to identify which are needed.
Advance Directive planning may also include facilitation for creating a death plan. Death plans expand upon the Advance Directive through additional documents that can include things otherwise not mentioned in legal forms. Such documents may include identifying comfort needs, outlining preference of choices in medical and/or end-of-life care, finding access to resources, creating a memorial and/or vigil plan, and more.
Birth Planning & Birth Ceremonies
A person giving birth has many options for this special, important, and sacred time. You might be considering the many options that you have, like: What choices are available for pain management? Where would I prefer to labor? Can I request specific interventions be done, or not done? And plenty more! Birth planning services are created to help reduce feelings of overwhelm, explore "what ifs", and create time to prepare for the wishes, dreams, support, or ceremonies you would like during this time.
These sessions range from 1hr to 3hrs on average and are great for anyone who is hoping to explore their preferences or begin a conversation about the logistics of planning for medical birth or birth ceremonies. Birth planning services include education surrounding the process and planning for a person's birth as well as an introduction to the choices available in different environments where a pregnant person might prefer to give birth. Your doula will support with discussing what options are available, how to identify choice, self-advocacy and the role of support persons, and any questions regarding pain management, possible positions, labor assistances, types of health interventions, and usual procedures/protocol when admitted to hospital or birthing center.
End-of-Life Ceremony / Memorial Planning
For many, planning the ways we wish to be remembered and/or caring for those who have died can move us through grief in ways that bring comfort. Some choose to work in collaboration with a trusted funeral home, while others may choose home memorials for comfort, affordability, ease, and more. We are happy to support you, whatever your choice may be.
End-of-Life Planning may include legal information and guidelines, creating a death plan of action (DPoA), meeting 1:1 and write-ups, respite for caregivers, incorporation of your traditional & religious practices, creating a unique celebration or ceremony, working alongside doulas, hospice, funeral director(s), or a hospital team. In addition, your doula can offer tools and techniques for processing grief, emotional stress, and end of life rituals or preparation, and will work with you to create and implement a plan that fits your needs regardless of the location.
Creating a personalized celebration or ceremony includes the incorporation of your wishes, beliefs, cultural background, and inclusion of any traditional, religious, or non-religious practices. Above all, it should reflect the wishes of the deceased and any loved ones they choose. Together we will carefully craft a eulogy, music, quotes, and readings or rituals-- each component will be a genuine, well-prepared tribute to your life or the life of your loved one.
Joy and Pleasure Planning
Together we can work on planning or documenting your joy, building an interconnected web of support, and creating a pleasure plan. Your doula can act as a companion, advocate, or accountability partner and will answer questions and uplift your choices when it may be time to transition to the next phase of your care plan.
Personal care services are developed uniquely for each client, this is an opportunity to meet with someone to discuss overall your care hopes, goals, and needs. You and your care companions are invited to assess what day-to-day care you may need within periods of transition such as birth, illness, disability, and death. When we deepen our transitions (our small moments, our big moments, sometimes-easily-brushed-away moments) we make a choice to invest strategically into them. By doing this over time we can build authentic faith and joy.
About Care Planning Services
Summer Diegel is a full-spectrum doula with an educational background in education, theology, and grief. They offer home care as a way to facilitate connection to the emotion and embodied responses that arise during moments of transition through skilled planning, including preparing soothing techniques, on-call care, and education for children and adults surrounding the choices and techniques available.
All Sunflower Services care practices are developed using a consent framework while considering the agency and awareness each individual carries about their body, story, and needs. Please reach out on our contact page to schedule a phone call and discuss how together we wish to cultivate tools and techniques that fit your need. Your doula will work in partnership with you and your clinician, provider, or doctor. This service is offered at client-determined times of need and/or through a series of incremental sessions which with your doula. These sessions follow the client's timeline and the desired outcome of the client(s). Services are offered at a sliding scale rate, please contact Summer Diegel directly with inquiries.available by phone/video; in-person services closed
We aim to make our services accessible to community members at all levels of income; everything we offer is available at a sliding-scale rate. Clients paying full price help support this being an option. In addition, we work in a community with Pearl Collective and other community-led organizations to collectively meet the unique care needs of each client.