"To be witnessed, heard, and understood at the core of things is a precious gift. Nathalie has just that, a gift for me and many others."
"Nathalie brought a warm energy and environment that allowed me to open up as she walked me through understanding grief and the impact of grief on my mind, body and soul. She went above and beyond sharing additional resources that came up in our sessions from neurological explanations of grief to dietary ideas to help with my physical ailments. Her kindness and lack of judgment were a light during many hard days. I will take her guidance with me for a long time."
I found Nathalie to be extremely resourceful in dealing with my issues. She is an amazing person. She is very knowledgeable, compassionate, understanding, and non-judgemental. I have truly valued my sessions with her and I feel that I have made a connection with someone whom I can always reach out to for guidance. Nathalie is very easy to talk with. She has offered additional resources for me to look into to assist with my growth and life experiences. She also followed-up to see how I was progressing. I would highly recommend Nathalie.
Nathalie Bonafé is a treasure. She has a warm and gracious personality that puts one at ease and is calming, even when discussing the scary topic of dying and end of life. Nathalie has a genuine, deep compassion which she combines with offering extensive practical knowledge about the necessities of dealing with and facing the end of one’s life and applying due diligence to the requirements of a proper and well ordered approach to the end. She suggests that we focus on “the final moments” while at the same time encouraging us to “live with satisfaction in the present.” Though the topic is dying, Nathalie talks a lot about joy in living. Somehow, she is able to take the sting out of the subject matter of death, and replace it with a sort of practical warmth, and in this way offers true hope -- even when facing the end. Nathalie carefully studies one’s entire situation, both internal and external, and provides extensive resources on the practical aspects of will, advance directives, Five Wishes, and so forth, while at the same time encouraging reflection on the spiritual and psychological aspects of the person -- in my case, a true, deep fear of dying that reflects a life lived with a whole lot of fear. She is helping me face and deal with this fear. Nathalie has totally changed my attitude and feelings about death and dying and I shall be forever grateful.
"Nathalie meets you where you are at with a kind, warm and supportive approach. She has tremendous knowledge in her scope of work and unconditional regard for each person's unique circumstance. "
"My children had signed me up for some sessions, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the very first session (Nathalie drove from New Haven to Danbury), It was VERY apparent that Nathalie is an extremely warm and empathic person. We conducted our sessions over Zoom and she would suggest actions to take, but never she never “pushed”, but rather through conversation would wait until she felt I was ready for that step. And when it was time to do some physical visits to various facilities, she again drove to Danbury and visited some facilities with me and treated me to lunch. She has called several times to say “Hello”. We have accomplished a great deal, things that I never would have thought of – all due to her very gentle and knowledgeable guidance. Working with Nathalie has been a complete pleasure!!!"
"Nathalie is very kind, compassionate, and professional. She wanted to know me, and about my life. She understands my traumas that I've been through, and am still going
through. Her thoughts and ideas for moving through my grief have been very helpful. I've also enjoyed our conversations about life and learning how to grow from my life
changing experiences. She has been a great benefit for me. I feel stronger, more in control of my emotions, but also learning and growing as I move forward. I have new
purpose and energy, and I feel more empowered. Because of Nathalie’s guidance, I’m getting my grief under control and, even though I still have very emotional and sad
times, my trauma has been serious, and I will learn how to seriously move through it and forward. I will miss my French friend."
"My grief Doula, Nathalie, was incredible! She was kind, generous with her time, and supportive. There were times I left feeling nourished in spirit—that I wasn’t alone in feeling a particular way. That is the power of this program and a strength of Nathalie’s. She created a safe space amidst incredible vulnerability and guided me gently toward future actions. The additional sessions allowed for greater reflection. And that was everything. It also helped me understand more fully body/mind connections, particularly the wellness of women as caregivers facing their own health issues. We had honest conversations about women’s health and family relationships. I am far more confident and secure in the decisions I have made and the changes I’ve implemented in my life as a result."
"Nathalie came into our lives at an incredibly overwhelming time. My mom had just been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer entirely out of the blue, and the prognosis was less than a year. In the middle of this completely surreal time, Nathalie was an anchor, a validator and a joy bringer. My mom struggled her entire life with the shadow of tremendous childhood trauma that led her to feel unsafe and unheard in healthcare spaces. Nathalie was inspired in her ability to partner both myself as caretaker and my mom as patient as we advocated for her needs in a health care system that is not, to say the least, trauma informed. When dealing with a terminal diagnosis, the metrics of what is needed change incredibly. Nathalie was there to help us translate the medical reality into one that squared with the spiritual and emotional needs of my mom. When my mom died, Nathalie was there to care for the caretakers - my sisters, our partners and I - to feed us, sit with us, laugh and cry with us. I am forever indebted to Nathalie for everything she gave. "
" I was so fortunate to had Nathalie accompanying me during my grieving process.
Nathalie is truly supportive and intuitive, she listened to me with sensitivity and total acceptance, her friendly attention gave me the confidence to freely explore whatever I was feeling. Through our meetings she guided me with clarity that helped me to see the situation with new perspectives.
With her support I had the opportunity to learn a lot about myself and the process I was experiencing.
I absolutely recommend Nathalie for anyone in need of a a friendly ear and expert support guidance during difficult life's transitions.
"Dear Nathalie, I just wanted to thank you so much for your support and for listening to me in my struggle to remain healthy. Meeting you and talking to you have really encouraged me to be more proactive in my communications with medical providers. You are an angel."
"Nathalie came into my life at the perfect time. Fortuitously, I found her website while on the internet searching another topic. I was heartbroken and exhausted during our first Zoom meeting. My husband had been battling brain cancer for over a year, and it was clear that he was deteriorating rapidly. Nathalie immediately made me feel comfortable, and I knew that she would provide a safe place to express my grief. During our time together, she listened and supported me in a caring and compassionate way. She helped me realize that there are ways of feeling connected to a loved one even after death. I feel fortunate to have found her and know she will always make herself available, if needed. Nathalie is not only incredibly intelligent, but she has a way of dispensing wisdom in a deep and loving way. I will forever be grateful to her for her guidance during this challenging time in my life."
I cannot say enough good things about Nathalie Bonafe! I recently consulted her about end of life planning and support for an extended family member. Nathalie is compassionate and very knowledgeable, the perfect combination to help put one at ease, so that energy can be directed to what CAN be done instead of to what cannot. Just knowing that I have Nathalie as a resource, to turn to as needed with questions and for support, has been helpful. Highly recommended!