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Anam Cara Soul Services

Anam Cara Soul Services

About Daria

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Anam Cara Soul Services

Anam Cara Soul Services embraces the Community Deathcare Movement in Canada and exists to help individuals and families through the dying process via practical, emotional and spiritual support.


My name is Daria Skibington-Roffel, and I am a community deathcare practitioner or "death doula", based in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada.  Doula is a Greek word (δούλα) that means "woman who serves". I have dedicated my life to a Path of Service; helping people find their way through the process of death and dying. Since 1992, I have worked and volunteered in palliative care, crisis intervention, funeral service, and spiritual care. Currently, I serve as the President of the Airdrie and District Hospice Society.

What does Anam Cara Mean?

Anam Cara means "soul friend" in Irish and comes from the original Irish Christian communities.  A soul friend can loosely be defined as someone who acts as spiritual advisor and companion. This person bears witness to the soul’s journey through life. He or she does not sit and judge or condemn, but may offer suggestions or challenges to assist the individual through their growth and development as a spiritual person.

Services

  • End of Life Planning - Thinking about death can be daunting. I can help you and your loved ones through the process of planning ahead or navigating the process at and after death. 
  • Soul Leading at Death -  Soul leading upon death is observed in almost every religious path, including the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in the Catholic faith and the reading of the Tibetan Book of the Dead among Buddhists. No one wants to die alone and when it is favourable, family and friends, along with spiritual leaders, try to be at the side of the dying one and attend to his or her needs at this most critical hour of life. 
  • Celebrancy - I can help create a beautiful memorial or funeral service to celebrate life. 
  • Mentoring and Spiritual Care - For the living, I also provide education and mentoring in the community through public speaking, facilitating grief support groups, group and individual meditation guidance, and advocacy.

Training

  • 2018 - Grief Support Group Facilitation (Airdrie and District Hospice Society/Alberta Health Services)
  • 2017 - Palliative Care Companion (Alberta Health Services/Airdrie and District Hospice Society)
  • 2016 - Graduate of the Beyond Yonder Virtual School of Community Deathcare.
  • 2015 - Medical Ethics (Alberta Health Services/Bethany Care Society)
  • 2011 - Supportive Pathways Dementia Care Training (Bethany Care Society)
  • 2007 - 2017 - Mental Health First Aid,  ASIST Suicide Intervention, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Management, MADD Death Notification (RCMP K Division).
  • 2007 - Distinguished Toastmaster Designation (Toastmasters International)

Spiritual Background

I began studying Modern Druidry in 1991, was ordained into the Third Order of the Reformed Druids of North America in 2005, and graduated as a Full Member of  Order of Bards Ovates and Druids in early 2019. My skills include:  celebrancy, spiritual healing, dream interpretation, soul leading at death, community deathcare, and spiritual readings.