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.