My name is Tom Birkhan, for over a decade I have dedicated my career to supporting individuals and their families in the Ottawa area, as they transition through the various chapters of life. A grounding philosophy of my work is to place my clients at the center of care. Utilizing my experience, I provide end of life support that is built on compassion and evidence-based support.
The dying process is embedded with a sense of uncertainty; and the fear of the unknown often leaves families and persons feeling alone. My inherent nature is to come to this process knowing that the individual and families require a professional who is genuine, patient and present to answer their most pressing and difficult questions.
I am a Developmental Services Worker and a certified Death Doula, having completed my accreditation through The Institute of Traditional Medicine. As well, I have extensive experience with senior support and Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. The combination of education and experience provides the skillset to manage a multitude of situations in a confident and meaningful manner.
Personally, as a death doula, I focus on the dying persons desires, needs and requirements as well as their family. I advocate to provide unique, person-centered care and a safe environment during this difficult time.