What I do:
As an end-of-life doula my primary contribution is the ability to present a grounding and supportive presence for individuals and their families during a deeply intense, painful and emotional time. This kind of guidance brings comfort and advocacy to the dying, along with knowledge and support that allows families to focus on grieving, take breaks, let go, and spend quality time to love and honor their loved one. As an end-of-life doula I offer steadfast assurance, comfort, and companionship when death arrives.
My doula services can begin at any stage of the end of life process and continues through death and into funeral planning if requested. I can offer more customized services as I get to know an individual and family, and I am flexible in meeting your needs.
PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be actively dying to talk to or work with an End of Life Doula. Sometimes a simple conversation and discussing the fear around death can invite new shifts in how we live our daily lives.
Skills and Services:
Providing support, education and advocacy for the individual and their family
Providing practical support; errands, light housework, driving to appointments
Accompaniment to doctor's appointments
Being available to the family as needed and when needed
Assisting to discern various healthcare options
Conversation and planning on end of life goals and intentions
♦ advanced care planning
♦ bedside care planning
♦ death care planning
♦ funeral planning
Creating and/or collaborating with individuals and families to make meaningful ceremonies/rituals
Vigil services during active dying
Educating individual and family about the dying process
Educating family on how to care for the dying
Respite for caregivers
Assistance with Life Reviews, Ethical Wills or Legacy projects
Non-pharmaceutical comfort measures such as light hand or foot massage, guided meditation and aromatherapy
Collaboration with hospice team and other caregivers
Referral resource for additional services
Please note: Death doulas do not facilitate death, nor do we produce or assist individuals in having a "good death", nor do we try to help people realize they are dying. We do not place judgement or define what a good (or bad) death is. Our primary function is to be in support of, and be alongside with, individuals in their final transition and release from their physical body.