Julie Keon’s professional career began in the early 90s in the field of social work. She always had a strong desire to work with people as they navigated through life and its various challenges. Eventually, certifying as a birth and postpartum doula (DONA International), Julie founded Mother Nurture Childbirth Services in 1998, assisting couples through the childbirth experience and the early weeks at home with a new baby. Seeing the need for specific support, she created a workshop for women who had experienced difficult or traumatic births. In the fall of 2015, Julie retired from all birth related work. She welcomed the opportunity to become a licensed marriage officiant for the province of Ontario in 2012. To expand her services, Julie graduated as a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® in early 2013 from the Celebrant Foundation & Institute with a focus on funeral and end-of-life celebrations. She specializes in the creation and implementation of ceremonies to mark life’s transitions from the start of life to the end of life and everything in between. The first edition of her book What I Would Tell You suffered an unexpected hypoxic event of its own soon after its launch in May 2015. As a result, Julie created this revised and expanded edition in order to continue to make the book available to readers. A graduate (April 2016) of the Beyond Yonder Virtual School for Community Deathcaring in Canada, Julie aims to educate and support her community in the reclamation of family-centred death care. In 2017, she created a unique, end-of-life preparation course (Ready or Not~ Preparing for the Inevitable) for members of the community. Her interests include psychology, health, travel, cooking, writing, and staying vibrant and resilient while holding on to a sense of humour. She shares her life in the Ottawa valley with her husband, Tim, and their daughter, Meredith
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What I Would Tell You
by Julie Keon
When Julie and her husband, Tim, were preparing for the birth of their first child, they had no idea that their lives were about to change on a much greater scale than what they had anticipated. Their daughter, Meredith, was diagnosed with life-limiting cerebral palsy. This book is a collection of the wisdom Julie has gained over the first fourteen years of Meredith’s life.
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