"When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace." Dalai Lama

Doula is the Greek word for “woman who serves.” It’s usually associated with those who assist in childbirth. But more & more, doulas are helping people with leaving the world. They provide informational, physical & emotional support for you or your loved ones to help navigate through complicated aspects of life – leading to a good death. Our End of Life Doulas help ensure you are able to make the best-informed decisions possible about your final days or of those you love.

Our Doulas

Shelby Kirillin

Shelby is the founder and president of A Peaceful Passing.  Along with being an ICU nurse for over twenty years, she is trained and certified by INELDA (the International End of Life Doula Association), and has been a practicing end of life coach/doula for five years.  In 2017 she became an instructor for INELDA where she travels around the country training others to be doulas. Shelby believes that dying isn’t a medical experience, but rather a sacred and special time in our lives that should be treated with such care.  With the right preparation and open communication, she believes that dying can, and should be, a beautiful ending to the wonderful chapters we write.

Outside of her practice, she enjoys hiking, camping and reading.  Her first loves, however, are her husband and three beautiful children

Nicky Hansen

Nicky is passionate about caring for the elderly and has been actively involved in hospice as a vigil volunteer for the past seven years. She has guided and supported many patients and families through the dying phase. With her caring nature she has formed strong bonds with her patients and encouraged their creativity through Art Therapy which is particularly beneficial to those suffering from dementia.  She has also become certified in the Alzheimer's Association Person-Centered Dementia Care Training Program and essentiALZ exam.

Nicky is trained and certified by INELDA as an End of Life Doula. When the time comes, Nicky instinctively guides family and friends through the experience of losing a loved one in a compassionate manner, taking into consideration the various needs and concerns of everyone involved.

Outside of her work, Nicky enjoys quality family time with her husband, children and rescue dogs.