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The Parting Planner

The Parting Planner

Memorial Planning, End of Life Planning & Support

Memorial Planning, End of Life Planning & Support

“So it’s true, when all is said and done,

grief is the price we pay for love.”

- E.A. Bucchianeri

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Values

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Care | Communication | Compassion | Respect

Patience | Dignity | Individuality | Service


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Mission

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To serve the dying and their loved ones through communication and care. To embrace death with the same affection and respect in which we embrace life.

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About Lynn

Hi. I'm Lynn and I'm in a complicated relationship with death.

This relationship started at age 6, when I experienced my first close loss- my father.

I didn't realize this at this time, but that loss formed a connection to death and ​dying that I was never able to shake. Later in life I would experience several ​other close losses that so made me realize that I needed to be a presence in ​this space and The Parting Planner was born. I created The Parting Planner as a ​way to deal with my own grief. It has not only helped me process my pain, but it ​has allowed me to help others process theirs. It had taken me into spaces to ​learn more about death care and end of life planning, and it has taught me to ​appreciate every moment of this life I've been blessed with.

I am married with 4 adult children and a toddler!

Yes my life is full, but we only get one, so I wouldn't have it any other way!


Some other info you might be interested in: I have lived in San Antonio, Texas my ​entire life. I am a UTSA graduate (B.A Communication), an ABLDP Alumna ​(Cohort '22) and I currently serve on the Board of Directors of Abode ​Contemplative Care for the Dying.

Trained End-of-Life Doula, IDLM

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Please note that you do not have to have a terminal diagnosis or be actively dying in order to use my services. Often people just want to have a conversation about the concerns they have around death and dying, or they have questions about what to expect when a loved one passes. I can customize my services to meet the needs of you and your family. Please contact me to see how I best can support and serve you

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What is an End of Life Doula?

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Doula Service | Hourly Rate

An end-of-life doula guides a person who is transitioning to death and their loved ones through the dying process. Doulas support through the stages of the death process, terminal diagnosis to active dying by assisting with the following:



  • Provide the opportunity to speak openly and frankly about dying
  • Explore the meaning of the dying person’s life and legacy
  • Develop a plan for how the space looks, feels and sounds
  • Incorporate traditions or create new rituals to mark special moments
  • Encourage appropriate ways of touching and caressing the dying person
  • Assist with physical and practical care to ease the burden on caregivers
  • Provide respite for exhausted caregivers
  • Explain the signs and symptoms of the dying process
  • Process the emotions and experiences with loved ones
  • Support the spiritual practices of all involved


Source: Inelda.org

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What Are End-of-Life Doulas?

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Written by Eve Glicksman

Medically Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian, MD on February 26, 2022


When people say someone had “a good death,” they usually mean that someone ​was comfortable and not in pain. But what if you could help their final days ​include the things they treasure -- like their favorite song playing, who is at their ​bedside, even the scent of a candle in the room -- so they feel at peace.

That’s why some people turn to end-of-life doulas. They are among the ​professionals who can help someone prepare for their death and reflect on ​their life: their greatest joys and regrets, any fears or worries on their mind, and ​how they want to be remembered.


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End of Life Planning

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Conversation Facilitator & Parting Plan | $300

As a conversation facilitator, I will sit with family members to discuss the challenging topic of end of life (1.5-3 hrs). These discussions can cover a range of topics such as Advance Directives & Funeral Planning. I lead all discussions with respect, gentleness & compassion. Discussions are documented with follow up items.

Follow up sessions should be held every 6-12 months ($50 Review & Updates).


Please note that you do not have to have a terminal diagnosis or be actively dying in order to use my services. Often people just want to have a conversation about the concerns they have around death and dying, or they have questions about what to expect when a loved one passes. I can customize my services to meet the needs of you and your family. Please contact me to see how I best can support and serve you

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Memorial Planning Services

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Celebration of Life / Memorial Event Planner | Pricing

Planning a Celebration of Life or a Memorial can be an overwhelming ​task. Searching for the right venue, deciding on food, music, scanning ​photos.... the tasks are endless. Now add in some grief.


As a memorial event planner, I assist families in locating the perfect ​venue for their event. I will also help organize and source all the details, ​from food or slideshow... all while ensuring you remain within budget. ​From small intimate gatherings to larger festive events. Together, we will ​put together a plan for a perfect farewell for your loved one.






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Memorial Event Planning Pricing

Images & Print Package $350

  • Coordination Meeting
  • Detailed Schedule Event Plan
  • Printed Programs
  • Custom Slideshow (w/ music)
  • 12 Printed Images & Frames


  • 7 day lead time preferred


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Please do not purchase until ​consultation has been done.

Day of Services $600

  • Onsite Day of Event 5 hours
  • On site coordination of vendors
  • Set Up & Tear Down
  • Coordination Meeting
  • Detailed Schedule Event Plan
  • Printed Programs
  • Custom Slideshow (w/ music)
  • 12 Printed Images & Frames


  • 14 day lead time preferred

Free Consultation (15 mins)

*Must be done prior to payment*

Call or Text 210-995-9881

Email: lynn@thepartingplanner.com

Full Coordination $1200

  • Onsite Day of Event 8 hours
  • Add’l Assistant
  • Vendor Research, Management & ​Sourcing (5 Vendors)
  • 2 planning meetings
  • 1 Site Visit
  • Budget Creation
  • Invite/RSVP Management
  • Primary Contact for ​Vendors/Guests
  • Set Up/ Tear Down
  • Detailed Schedule Event Plan
  • Printed Programs
  • Custom Slideshow (w/ music)
  • 12 Printed Images & Frames


  • 4 weeks lead time preferred
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Resources

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Abode is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit end-of-life care home in San Antonio offering contemplative care for those in the last three months, weeks or days of life. We provide our service at no charge to our Guests, hospice or insurance. We welcome and depend on the generosity of you – our donors – to support our sacred work.

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An Advanced Directive is a written statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will, made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor.

The link provided is for the AD for Texas use.


Pre-Planning your funeral arrangements can be beneficial to lock in rates. and alleviate stress on your family. Arely Castillo, Pre-Planning Advisor at Dignity Memorial can assist you with questions on your pre-planning needs.

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I love sharing more info about The Parting Planner & all I do.

I am open to conversations, speaking engagements, podcasts or interviews.

You can contact me here: Lynn@ThePartingPlanner.com