Reimagine Death and Dying

We provide non-medical, thoughtful support to the dying and their loved ones. We are helping our community to reimagine death and dying by encouraging discussion around death, by facilitating plans for the last stage of life, and by offering compassionate presence during the last months, weeks or days of life.


Our Beginning

Peaceful Presence took root in founder Erin Collins’ heart. After spending years attending the sick and dying as a registered nurse, she learned of the role of the end of life doula: a non-medical companion to the dying and their families. Erin saw a need in Central Oregon for this level of support to complement both palliative care and hospice, as well as a desire in the community for individualized support in living well while facing the reality of mortality.


“People who are willing to contemplate their aging, vulnerability, and mortality often live better lives in old age and illness and experience better deaths than those who don’t.”

— katy butler, “the art of dying well”


Our Mission

Peaceful Presence End of Life Doulas intend to help Central Oregonians live well, age well and die well by reimagining the way our community talks about, plans for and experiences the last stage of life.



of people interviewed believe it’s important to talk about end-of-life wishes.


have actually done so.


Human Mortality Rate


According to studies by the National Institute for healthcare improvement, a vast majority of participants don’t want to burden their loved ones with healthcare decisions, caregiving or estate matters. We are here to help with advance directive guidance, conversation coaching, and end of life planning. We companion you as you live well, age well and die well.

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Get Involved

If you are passionate about reimagining the way our community talks about death and dying, supports the dying, and experiences dying, reach out to us! We would love to hear about the skills you’ve learned in your lifetime that can help us grow and expand our offerings in Central Oregon.

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