"Death is old, but it's always new."

-Leonard Cohen


Subtract fear from the equation of dying, and you are left with curiosity and wonder

I’m Susan James—longtime hospice counselor and now Anam Cara, here to help you on your journey to What Comes Next


What’s an Anam Cara?

In ancient Celtic times, an Anam Cara was a guide, a ‘soul friend’ who brought ease to those who were transitioning out of this world.

For 12 years, I worked as a hospice counselor, and helped more than a thousand people on their final journey. During these visits, I witnessed phenomenal things: Angelic visitations, extended one-way conversations with loved ones who had previously passed on, stunning
glimpses beyond the veil.

Today, I offer counseling for those who want to find peace as they consider their path to what
lies beyond.

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"There is no death,
only a change in worlds."

-Chief Seattle


Working through the emotions of our mortality is different for everyone. It’s a gentle process of confronting fear and learning to surrender what no longer serves you.

Throughout my years as a hospice counselor, I’ve witnessed many people meet their fears and transform them into something resembling transcendence. As Irish writer John
O’Donohue puts it, it’s like “a meeting with a lifelong friend from the deepest side of your own nature.”

Coming to terms with our finite time here doesn’t have to be a depressing experience. It can be a catalyst for finding more joy and clarity about how we want to spend our short time on this planet.


Let me help you on your journey.


If you or a loved one is experiencing unease about the end of life, allow me to take your hand.

Together, we’ll develop a personalized plan to soften the fear, explore spiritual beliefs, deepen the connections with the people you love most, and embrace the time we have on this planet whole-heartedly.

I offer one-on-one sessions via phone or Skype, or in-person if you’re located near the Puget Sound area.


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Stay tuned for my coming memoir, which tells the stories of my experience as an Anam Cara - an end of life midwife - and the wisdom offered by those traveling between the seen and the unseen worlds.

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