About Jennifer Timer and Pacific Well-Being
I'm Jennifer Timer, MSN, an End of Life Doula, Certified Professional Counsellor, and Certified Grief and Bereavement Counsellor based out of Coquitlam, BC.
I have spent decades caring for individuals’ physical and mental health. Now, after being a nurse for over 20 years, I am focused on helping people and their families to cope and be at peace at any stage of life.
End of Life Innovations and Challenges, University of Glasgow
End of Life Doula Certificate from Douglas College, Coquitlam
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
BSc in Nursing, specializing in pediatric and critical care
BA in Psychology, specializing in abnormal and cognitive psychology with a Minor in Religion and Culture
Certified Professional Counsellor
Certified Grief and Bereavement Counsellor
My Mission Statement
Through compassionate, evidence-based, heart-felt work:
To support clients and their families with developing a plan and experiencing a journey that reflects their values and wishes for their end of life
To sustain or augment an individual's emotional and psychological well-being throughout grief, bereavement, anxiety, and depression.
My Journey to Pacific Well-Being
I was a Nurse Educator and Researcher working in an undergraduate nursing program when my Mom was diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. There were many great things that I loved about my job, but I was also unhappy at work and wanted more, especially when other parts of my life were becoming increasingly difficult. I had transitioned to working as a Clinical Research Coordinator at a university teaching hospital when my mother died in an avoidable accident in a hospital. That effectively signalled the beginning of the end of my work as a nurse.
I eventually went back to school part-time to become a Certified Professional Counsellor and Certified Grief and Bereavement Counsellor. Then, as my work turned more towards grief and bereavement, and I felt a natural affinity for the grieving, especially given my Mom's death, I decided to complete the End of Life Doula program at Douglas College.
Why My Background Matters
My 20+ years in nursing and psychology have given me insight into some of the specific challenges I might encounter in my End of Life Doula work or as your Counsellor:
- Death and dying of individuals of all ages
- Grieving and bereavement of any sort of loss
- Depression and anxiety in any age group
- Facing health-related issues, such as coping with cancer
- Coping with having a seriously ill child or family member
I have worked with the sickest of the sick as an intensive care nurse and a pediatric critical care nurse.
I have helped families through the loss of their child and assisted in facilitating a good death for countless adults.
I have been part of the team removing life-support from patients and I still remember every person.
I have been there on the frontlines and in the ICU. I have worked in ER and in a psychiatric ward.
These experiences add together for me to understand, perhaps more than other End of Life Doulas and Counsellors, your unique experiences with health, loss, death, and dying.
I understand how mental and physical well-being impact one another. If you are someone who has had traumatic or devastating encounters in the healthcare system, struggles with serious illness either personally or that of your loved one, or recently experienced the loss of a loved one, I understand.
During my psychology and nursing days, I also learned formally and on-the-job about how different cultures mourn and grieve. I have continued this education through my training with the University of Glasgow.
As a pediatric nurse, I specialized for years in not only caring for the physical needs of our younger population but also their psychological needs. Being sick or in the hospital can be very scary for children and teens alike and much of my work involved counselling them and their families.
Having worked in the healthcare system for decades and also having worked with First Responders in several ways, I also understand the stress, trauma, and burnout caused by working in the caring professions. I was also a patient educator, nurse educator, and nurse researcher for much of my 20-year nursing career. This means that I know the teaching and learning principles that help me give you the tools that you need to cope and how to educate your family members and others on end of life options.
If you are curious to know, I practice from a Constructivist-Phenomenological approach that values your unique lived experience and the shared meaning that we make of life. Read more about my philosophical underpinnings here.
I believe in giving back. I'm currently a volunteer Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone.
Some of the other places I've been fortunate enough to do so include:
- Wilfrid Laurier University Help Line
- Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital In-Patient Psychiatric Ward
- Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital Emergency Department
- McMaster University: Undergraduate Nursing Admissions Committee; Nursing Education Committee; BScN Curriculum Committee; Nursing Mentoring Program
- Region of Waterloo Violence Prevention Committee
- University of British Columbia: Green College Academic Committee; Graduate Student Society Safety and Sustainability Committee; School of Nursing Graduate Program Committee; Faculty Caucus (PhD student representative)
- Langara College, School of Nursing: International Projects Committee; Nursing Education and Resources Committee; Curriculum Renewal Committee; Faculty Development Committee
- Odyssey of the Mind, Coach
- Creative Problem Society, Board Member
- Divine TV Channel, Writer
- Women’s Collaborative Hub, Member and Volunteer