...is an Evidential Mediumship Student
Having previously studied with James Van Praagh, Kyle Gray and Suzanne Guisemann, she was accepted into The Evidential Mediumship Academy's year long program in 2024. She is eager and passionate about expanding her intuition and building her connection with spirit to bring deeper healing to those on both sides of the veil.
...is a Reiki Master
Having completed Usui Reiki Levels I, II & III from 2011-15 and achieving Master Certification from her Reiki Master in Niagara Falls, ON
...is a Death Doula
Having completed the Contemplative End of Life Care Certification program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Toronto, ON in 2015. She went on to co-create and co-facilitate Home Hospice Association's Death Doula Certificate Program and their MAiD and the Death Doula workshop.
Merri-Lee provides services to clients from all over the Niagara Region. Born and raised in Burk's Falls, Ontario, she has called Niagara home since relocating there in 1990. She lives in a country bungalow on an acre of land with weeping willows, a frog pond and her Twin Flame; this is their sanctuary. Merri-Lee is blessed to have the unending love and support of her adult daughter, dear friends and close family who have encouraged her each step on her own soul journey.
Hello, my name is Merri-Lee, founder of Soul Journeys Healing & Companioning. My healing journey began in 2008 when I first experienced Reiki and immediately fell in love with the energy. The treatment had been a gift, and although I had heard of Reiki before, I had no idea what to expect so I just went into my appointment with an open mind. As soon as the treatment began, I felt a sense of warmth, peace and safety that I'd never felt before. Even days after the treatment, I still felt 'light', calm and clear, as if I was floating in my own personal bubble of protection. There was no denying the effects it had on me; the mental clarity, the physical relaxation, the emotional well-being and perhaps best of all, the spiritual awareness. From that point, Reiki became an important part of my life; not only as part of my regular self care, but I decided to learn how to channel the energy to heal myself and others. I have seen and experienced, first hand, how Reiki can heal and promote overall well- being, as well as help heal grief, and those struggling with transitioning from this life to the next.
When I reflect on my life, death has been present from the moment I was born, when my mother died giving birth to me due to a very rare and undetected pregnancy condition. Thankfully though, it wasn't her time; her life was saved and I was blessed to have her as an incredible mother, teacher and friend for the next 37 years. My mother was a very spiritual woman who raised me to know that death is part of life, not the opposite of life, to be comfortable with dying and death and the mystery of what comes next after having experienced it herself. Because of her enlightenment, I have never been afraid of being around a dying person, being present at the bedside when someone dies, or even dying myself. Because of her guidance, I have been able to hold space for the dying and support the grieving; first through my hospice volunteer work and now through my private practice. Because of her death, I heard and answered my calling to work with the dying. Because of my experience with losing her, I heard and answered my calling to work with the grieving. Because of her openness and spirituality, I heard and answered my calling to be a healer. Because of her, Soul Journeys Healing & Companioning was born in January 2015 with the intention to "Help make Living, Dying and Grieving more Meaningful through Healing."