Kathy Bates is an end-of-life doula based in Shoreline, Washington. She is the eldest of seven and the mother of three, two of whom have special needs. She has had a propensity for caring for others from an early age, and Kathy and her husband Greg have dedicated their lives to helping others. For the past forty years she has been involved in a number of facets in the healthcare world.
Kathy worked in an inpatient psych setting with adolescents for five years. After moving to Seattle forty years ago, she continued working in health care in chemical dependency and inpatient adult psych. In the late 80s and early 90s, she and her husband co-owned The Northwest Center for Adult Children (individuals with difficult family situations) which provided individual, couple, and group therapy as well as educational classes, and community and professional workshops. Kathy has spent the last twenty-five years working with individuals and their families in skilled nursing facilities with a focus on acute rehab and end-of-life care. All of these experiences confirmed the importance of being present for others.
Having recently retired from social work, Kathy is compelled to follow her heart to provide sacred end-of-life care and support. Being present at the bedside so that no one dies alone is at the heart of her work as a Sacred Passage End of Life Doula. Kathy's purpose is to raise conscious awareness, demystify the stages of the dying process and provide emotional, spiritual and psychological support. Her work is person-centered and family-oriented, to guide and support during the last journey of life. Kathy is passionate about educating others, especially families and healthcare providers, in having difficult conversations about end of life.
“When we know that birth and death are together always, we are no longer afraid of dying.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
All photographs © by Susan Larsson