Who is Mariana García?
I have been a trained psychologist since 2007 and have experience in clinical psychology, research, teaching, and psychosocial projects. In 2012 I completed a Masters in community psychology and started working with vulnerable communities. However, since my dad’s death in 2015, I have dedicated myself to deepening my knowledge about death and dying, while donating my time and skills to different charities and hospices where I have worked with the ill, the elderly and the bereaved. In fact, it was while facilitating a bereavement group that I heard about the end of life doula role; and that allowed me to find the missing piece of my puzzle. So, I decided to become a certified end of life doula, care consultant and elder care doula in the USA; and then continued my end of life doula studies and certification in the UK.
Working to befriend death and helping others to live a more fulfilling life until the end has become my vocation, but, in addition to that, I also enjoy reading, spending time in nature, supporting different charities, learning about different cultures and relishing life with my loved ones.
Currently, I am living in Chesterfield (UK); and I am part of End of Life Doula UK, Living Well Dyning Well Training, Doulagivers USA and the Colombian College of Psychologists.
End of Life Support
Companionship and holistic care at the end of life are essential; and I am honoured to be able to provide them before, during and after death. Although my main priority will always be the person nearing death, I will also be there for their loved ones, offering practical, emotional, social and spiritual help to everyone involved.
Most of my services can be offered face-to-face or remotely via phone calls, WhatsApp, FaceTime and Zoom.
All services are individualised according to each person/family and their respective needs, wishes, culture, beliefs, etc.
It is never too early to think about your future, about those things that could happen and how you would like them to be addressed. Advance planning is an empowering process that will allow you to take control of your life while making clear what you want or do not want. I can assist you in this process to cover all the aspects that are important to you; so that the final result is in accordance with your values, beliefs, wishes and needs.
As a certified Elder Care Doula, I also provide specialised support for seniors who need company or help in carrying out certain activities. This service aims to improve and/or maintain the person's quality of life during ageing.
Grieving is an important part of losing someone or something. It is felt and expressed in many ways and is experienced not only after the loss but also before it (anticipatory grief). Going through grief is an incredibly personal process, but I can support you in this and help you understand your emotions and actions while we develop strategies that allow you to live as fully as possible.
Death is the only certainty in life. However, since this natural process began to be institutionalised and feared, communities and individuals have become so separated from it that they have lost the knowledge and skills necessary to receive it. As a way to reintegrate this knowledge, reduce the stigma surrounding death and support grief, I offer various group activities both in person and online.
Emotional Support Dog
Countless studies have shown how the non-judgemental and none-verbal company of an animal can aide human well-being. Fortunately, my home has been blessed with an emotional support Yorkie and he will be very happy to spend some time with you and give you his loving doggy companionship.
Celebration of Life and Gratitude Ceremonies
These types of ceremonies are performed with the purpose of expressing gratitude and honouring the life of the person(s) you love. They can be done before or after death and normally facilitate feelings of love, gratitude, peace and closure. These rituals are highly personalised and their planning and execution are based on what is or was most meaningful to the person and their loved ones.