ABOUT
Sunflower Services aims to be a resource in building community health skills. We believe that care work happens in the community and looks different for each of us. The intent of Sunflower Services is to cultivate a space where each person is empowered in their options, to be in touch with their bodies, and intuitive about the choices they make. 
We acknowledge that care work surrounding disability, birth, sex, and death has historically existed within all ancient communities. These practices have been held sacred in the United States by women and queer people within Indigenous and Black communities despite systematic & pervasive violence, gatekeeping, and gaslighting from those in power. In honoring this work, we reject hierarchal structures of care work and seek to cultivate relationships with a network of caregivers to meet the various needs of our clients when we are not skilled or positioned to meet them.
 
Sunflower Services are developed with a commitment to providing holistic support that includes sharing community-based healing alternatives and being an accessible and affordable doula. All services are offered with a sliding-scale, payment plan, or trade options. If we are not able to meet your needs, we will do everything we can to connect you with someone who can.
Everything learned is because of and with the community.

The namesake of Sunflower Services is the Helianthus Annus, the common sunflower from North America which is recognized by the bold petals dancing around the center. We chose this name to honor a gift of the earth that invokes feelings safety, inspiration, and awe. Seeing them brings warmth to our soul in a way that only the sun can rival. 
Thank you for being here.
FULL SPECTRUM DOULA
Hello! My name is Summer Diegel (they/them/theirs). I am a full-spectrum doula and community care worker. My work draws upon my skills and experiences as a disability justice organizer, theologian, pleasure-based sex educator, crisis intervention worker, and artist. As well as my identity & personal history as a white anti-oppressive, trans, working-poor, queer person. I offer physical, emotional, and informational support and am prepared to provide guidance to each of my clients in identifying a variety of options within their autonomy and capacity for personal healing. I hope during our shared time together we will create space to learn more about one another. 
BACKGROUND & EDUCATION
Throughout my life, I have shared the labor and grief of caring for family members through their dying process. I supported in the caretaking of my community from a young age and I became familiar with grief and the way it impacted my community members, all of us being some intersection of white, working poor, disabled, drug users, and queer-- many of us experiencing domestic violence or people who had survived and were trying to shift patterns from it. Death means many things to me, and I continuously experience death with both familiarity and mystery. I completed my training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2013. I was working 30hrs a week while attending high school full-time because I needed to contribute to household needs. This was my beginning with engagement in professional full-spectrum healing. I worked in assisted living and geriatric care for four and a half years before moving to Seattle, WA to work on my bachelor's degree. Working directly with elders and community members with disabilities has been a gift to me. I am grateful for the patience of those I care for and the patience I cultivate within myself. 
 
In 2019, I completed my B.A. at Seattle University focusing in Theology and Religious Studies while juggling two part-time jobs & working 40-60hrs each week. I am grateful that I survived. I appreciate the educators who walked with me at my pace whenever possible & the friends who did care work for me by sharing resources, time, and love. For my bachelor's program, I chose a multi-faith, multi-cultural approach to studying religious scripture, which included rituals, laws, and practices. I leaned on my life experience and work as a sex educator & care taker and studied in hopes of becoming a more holistic, prepared, and loving end of life care provider. I was offered the opportunity to attend SU through the Sullivan Leadership Program. In my degree program, I had the opportunity to learn of social movements, political history, ritual, and scripture from across traditions. I pursued additional training outside of the University to build my professional training as a full-spectrum doula through a rigorous, personalized two-year program. I trained with local community healers, advocates, and professionals. Throughout this process, I have had the pleasure of working with so many creative, beloved dreamers-- including those from A Sacred Passing, and Big Belly Birth Services, and Queer Trans War Ban. I continue to participate in authentic, transparent storytelling in order to unlearn internalized stigmas and hierarchies and build stronger and safer communities.  Today, I have barely scratched the surface of what I'd like to know and imagine. Thank you to those who stand beside those I love.
It is my hope to uplift and co-create grassroots healthcare education. I bring to the healing community over five years of experience in direct end of life care, I have successfully acted as a sacred witness in end of life care for elders, as well as those who are terminally-ill during their end of their life journey.  I have worked with sexual health education and community outreach programs in Montana and Washington. And, as a newly trained birth doula, I have attended one magical star wars marathon & birth. I am committed to providing holistic support that is attentive to the unique identities and needs of each individual and their family. I know that our life journeys don't occur independently of social context. I believe in sharing the responsibility of subverting interrelated systems that disproportionately harm communities of people of color, people who are low-income, LGBTQIA+ folks, and those who are targeted, slandered, or marginalized due to their physical or mental ability, body shape or size, choice in faith or religion, or immigration status. No matter our health or productivity we are unique, creative, and powerful.