Body-based wisdom for finding peace

Elizabeth has a way of communicating that brings peace of mind.

Michele G., Vancouver, B.C.

Hi, I’m Elizabeth, founder of Close Comforts

I am honoured to support people through life’s challenging times. Whether you or a loved one is living with a life-limiting condition, nearing the end of your life, or working through chronic stress or trauma, I’m here for you.

With 19+ years experience as an allied health professional (massage and shiatsu therapy), I bring a gentle, candid approach to my practice. I am passionate about healing – emotionally & spiritually – and about being part of community where members take care of each other, through our lives and our deaths.

When I’m not with clients or volunteering at my local hospice, you may find me on an outdoor adventure with my dog, soaking up some lifeforce energy.

I’d love to support you on your journey.

Elizabeth with her dog

Why I do this work

As a young, healthy person, I suffered from some pretty major anxiety. Over time, I realized the root of my anxiety was my fear of death, and the grief I was carrying. I know first hand what peace comes from clarifying my values and beliefs, working through past traumas, and making a holistic plan (paperwork included!) for my ‘ideal death.’

Going through this process initiated some healing within myself, and within my family. Relationships have been strengthened. Connections have deepened. I am thankful we are still alive to enjoy our time together fully.

My mission is to support people in finding peace in their life and death. As one person finds peace, they spread peace to others. Together, we can create a more peaceful world.

old couple looking out over ocean from behind with dog

My Values

  • Holism – I provide person-centered care that honours the connection between mind-body-emotions-spirit.

  • Presence – I listen deeply, acknowledging the inherent wisdom within each person.

  • Choice – Informed consent is the foundation for communication in our therapeutic relationship. For end-of-life doula services, I help you know your options for end-of-life and after-death care.

  • Self determination – Only YOU know what is best for you. I am here to support your journey.

My Credentials

  • End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada (current registered member)

  • Registered Massage Therapist (2012 – current)

  • Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (2023 – current)

  • End-of-Life Doula certificate (Douglas College, 2020)

  • Hospice Volunteer (2019 – 2024)

  • Master of Rehabilitation Science (UBC, 2021)

  • Conscious Living, Conscious Dying workshop (Dale Borglum, 2021)

  • Registered Shiatsu Therapist (2005 – 2018)

  • Bachelor of Arts, Family Science major (UBC, 1999)