The MeMyddleton Show by Evenah Johnson
"A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. But what does an End-Of-Life doula do? Meet today's guest, Mikayla Ricks, a death doula. I'm interested in learning more. Let's find out together here on The MeMyddleton Show!"
Doula Stories Project - Mikayla Ricks
"I’ve been flirting with death my whole life. My mom was in great danger of miscarrying me. I had a heart condition when I was 5 that could have killed me. I was suicidal as a teen. I got COVID-19 and was left disabled by it. At some point, any fear I had of death waned, and I almost view it as a distant friend now."
Meet Mikayla Ricks | Death Doula, Healer, Poet, Author
Hi Mikayla, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
"I know this might seem silly, but I got into death doula work, specifically, because of a TikTok. In the summer of 2021, there was a video of this community of First Nations people that came across my timeline that I have never forgotten. This was around the time hundreds of kids’ bodies were being recovered from the Marieval Indian Residential School. The number had gotten up to 600 by the time I came across a video of [...]"
Phoenix: Poetry and Prose
"I needed you to let me burn in the flames of the fire that was set inside of me and burned me from the inside out so that I may rise as something you’ll have never touched. I needed you to let me kill myself so that I could be reborn from the ashes of my own scorched self."
god is she: a poem by feral kenyon
"when i am asked to define
what makes a woman as she is,
seraphic in nature and blossoming -- flame-like,
what causes the moon and the stars to align and
fashion a creature with the very grace
of God, of Ishtar, of Gaea, herself... [...]
billie. (published by angstzine, Queer Loving Issue, June 2020)
"We present to you a powerful and colorful collection of pieces that embody courage in softness and vulnerability, in loving despite the odds. Embark on a journey of realization, loving, longing, and reclamation with eighteen pieces that explore: What does it mean to love? What or who do we love? Where do we feel the safest?"