Compassionate Caregiver & Death Doula
Hello, I'm Victoria.
I'm new to Sonoma County, California. I recently transplanted here from SoCal to be near my musical bandmates who moved up here a couple of years ago. We are called the Storywrens and have been playing at renaissance faires, whiskey tastings, and other events together for over 10 years. Music is my first "calling."
My work life has taken many twists and turns. I started in the newspaper business in my teens, working my way up from the basement to the advertising sales floor at the Orange County Register. I then went on to work in children's television and video development for Western Publishing and Universal Cartoon Studios, which then led to a career in tech for Disney Online, MySpace and many others. For the past 9 years, I've been the Marketing & Events Manager at Lake Arrowhead Village (aka "The Village"), a shopping mall and event venue in the resort town of Lake Arrowhead. I enjoyed marketing, producing concerts and events and being part of such a wonderful community.
While working at The Village, I stumbled into caregiving when a dear friend needed help. I stepped in as her caregiver while working full time, and continued for 5 years until she moved into a facility where she could receive 24/7 care. I LOVED taking care of my friend and found a depth of compassion and patience within myself, and the reward of serving others that I never could have anticipated. It was clear to me that I had found my 2nd calling. I received my Home Health Aide certification and began caring for others as much as I could while still working full time for 3 more years. I found it profoundly rewarding and such an honor to sit with those at the end of life.
In mid 2021 I left The Village and took a sabbatical to Thailand where I studied to become an end of life planner and death doula to further my caregiving knowledge.
I look forward to becoming a part of my new community. My personal mission is to help provide practical assistance, compassionate care and companionship so that this important and sacred passage can be as peaceful as possible.
"What must I do so that I may be at peace with myself, so that I may live presently and die peacefully."