Transforming the Journey

Supporting Your Loved One, Family & Caregivers as They Navigate the Dying Process

Hello! My name is Gloria Reading. I am an end-of-life doula, an Advance Directive consultant, a community speaker on the topics of dying and grieving, and founder of Transforming the Journey.

When someone we love has been given a terminal diagnosis, everything changes – for everybody. Life becomes harder physically, emotionally and spiritually for the terminal person and those who love him/her.

This is when an end-of-life doula can be brought into your family to ease your burden and share your load. An EOL doula offers personal, laser-focused care and companionship to the terminal patient and meaningful support to the family.

An EOL doula welcomes and works in concert with Hospice when they are involved.

The End-of-Life doula is a highly-trained professional who is a trusted companion to the dying person and his/her loved ones.

You are not alone. We walk this journey together.

We encourage the involvement of Hospice and work collaboratively with them when they are involved. Our mission is to provide supportive companionship to the dying person and his/her family throughout the days and nights of terminal illness, sit vigil when the time comes, and provide laser-focused support.

I am passionate about writing and sharing resources to assist you with end-of-life issue.  Please click here to read my blog.

Gloria Reading, ED.D.
Gloria Reading, ED.D.

Advance Directive Consultant

An Advance Directive is a LEGAL document, the purpose of which is to give your health care agent/proxy legal knowledge about your wishes if you can no longer speak for yourself.

By planning in advance, you can feel confident that you will receive the medical care YOU DO/DO NOT desire if you can no longer speak for yourself. Such a document is a gift to your loved ones because it relieves them of the burden and potential guilt of making major medical decisions about your treatment during moments of crisis. Advance directives help reduce confusion and disagreements.

Many people think advance directives are only for the elderly. However, unexpected end-of-life situations can happen to anyone at any age. It is essential that EVERY ADULT prepare an advance directive for their family and their medical care provider.

I welcome and would consider it a privilege to help you write an Advanced Directive. Please click here to learn more about my services.

Community Speaker

I am happily available to speak to your organization – be it a club, a group of friends, a church, or a fellowship on important end-of-life topics.

Even though we are all going to die, dying or death are not a typical topics for a speaker at a civic, community or religious organization.  However these are appropriate topics because they potentially involve all of us.

Strangely enough, this talk need NOT be depressing or disturbing but LIFE-AFFIRMING.  My intention is that attendees leave the event with a better understanding of the “business” of “preparing for” their end of life, then go forward empowered to live every day appreciating this wonderful gift called LIFE.

Please click here to learn more about my services.

Where Would You Like to Start?

Education
The end-of-life can be a confusing time. Please browse our growing library of articles, training and book reviews to help educate yourself.
Services
I offer a range of services for families and organizations. Please click here to see my offerings.
Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have a lot of questions on your mind. Click here to get answers.
“At present, we are looking at puzzling reflections in a mirror.  The time will come when we shall see reality whole and face to face!  At present, all I know is a little fraction of the truth, but the time will come when I shall know it as fully as God knows me.”
– I Corinthians 13:12, J. B. Phillips Translation

Our Mission

Transforming the Journey is an End-of-Life Doula service offering personal, laser-focused care and companionship to the terminal patient and his/her caregivers throughout the duration of the illness.

We are private contractors working for the family.  We encourage Hospice support and work collaboratively and cooperatively with them, when they are involved.

Our mission is to make this most difficult time as peaceful and stress-free as possible.

Transforming the Journey serves souls of every race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, and physical or mental ability.

The Latest from Our Blog & Book Shares

The Dying Person’s Bill of Rights

The right to be treated as a living human being until death. The right to maintain a sense of hopefulness however changing the focus may be. The right to express

You, Your Child, Death and Dying

When terminal illness and death visits a family, it visits EVERY member of the family. Even little ones. It is so difficult to know what to say. How to explain.

BOOK SHARE: Something Very Sad Happened

Lovingly penned by licensed psychologist, Bonnie Zucker, Something Very Sad Happened Today is written for a little child whose grandmother has died. Illustrations by Kim Fleming provide a beautiful catalyst

What is an End-of-Life Doula?

Hi.  My name is Gloria Reading.  Thanks for clicking in to further understand what services an end-of-life (EOL) doula offers.  What does EOL doula even mean?  If you’re like I