Shanen has devoted her life to supporting individuals with advanced illness and their caregivers. Her greatest joy is providing peace and stability for the individuals she works with.
Shanen can help ease talking about death & dying and make it more comfortable. It is okay if you don’t know how to ask for or offer support when someone you love is dying; as an end-of-life companion, Shanen can help.
Having accompanied individuals and families before, during, and after the time of transition from this world allows her to ease this transition for you. She supports individuals, families, and significant others during the end-of-life process.
Shanen’s life experiences have given her both the empathy and passion for providing end-of-life care. There are 3 experiences specifically that inspired her to become a respite caregiver:
1. Her Grandma's Passing
Shanen’s grandma stopped breathing in front of her, which prompted Shanen to remember the CPR class she had taken at school. Shanen immediately performed CPR on her, but it was already too late. Shanen was responsible for calling the coroner and the processes that followed at the house.
2. Her Dad's Passing
3. Her Mentor's Passing
Shanen saw her dad two days before he passed away suddenly of an aortic aneurysm. She was devastated that she could not be there and has struggled to find closure.
Shanen cared for a mentor of hers who had an inoperable brain tumor. She companioned her for three months until her passing.
Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology - Viterbo University
Certified end of life companion (doula) - Conscious Dying Institute
Advanced mentorship in end of life studies - Quality Life Care
Certified respite caregiver- Respite CARE Association of Wisconsin
Certified Life Coach - Quantum Success Coaching Academy
Volunteer at Gundersen Medical Center in the end of life and hospice unit
Reiki - certified levels 1 and 2
CNA and EMT trained
CPR, AED and first aid certified
After my personal coach experience, I felt my life come into alignment and I got the chills…that helped me know I was on the right path. My coach helped empower me to make this decision for myself. Now, I have all this confidence, and it helped me learn so much. I don’t sweat the small stuff. I’m happy. I’m at peace. While I still have my “days,” but now I’m better able to understand my emotions and I have the tools and processes to help me deal with them. Because of this experience, I now want to help others realize their true happiness…their “bliss.”
My life coaching services started and still are located in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area. I embrace positive thinking habits, have exceptional communication skills, and excel at listening.
Clients have summarized me in three simple words: compassionate, patient and skilled.