An End-of-life Doula is a non-medical professional that provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to the patient, family, loved ones, friends, and their support network. Trained in the various end of life stages a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding natural process while providing suggestions for comfort and support.
Our goal is to collaborate with the hospice, palliative team, and your healthcare professionals to create a dynamic support system ensuring a high quality of life for your end-of-life care.
An End-of Life Doula
- Believes that death and dying are a normal life process.
- Assist individuals in regaining control of their situation after diagnosis.
- Identifies any safety issues and initiates a plan to mitigate risks.
- Accompanies the patient to the doctor – takes notes, listens, gathers information, evaluates and analyzes information, making sense of information presented and communicates with family.
- Provides an objective viewpoint and assistance with obtaining information necessary to make good decisions.
- Assists in preparation of death plan to include vigil and sacred space.
- Encourages and facilitates open communication between the patient, their support system, and healthcare providers.
- Conducts a life review
- Aids in reconciliation and amending of relationships
- Assists in planning funeral, memorial services, obituaries, eulogies, deciding who is involved.
- Assists in creation of legacy
- Identifies and monitors active dying phase
- Educates patient and support system on the physiology of end of life processes.
- Holds space for the dying individual
- Sets the vigil or sacred space based on death plan – aromatherapy, essential oils, music, message, and reiki.
- Ensures the dignity of the dying individual throughout the process
- Aids in after-death rituals
- Aids in facilitating after death wishes.
An End-of-Life Doula can also be referred to as: End-of-Life Guide, Death Doula, Soul Midwife, Death Midwife, Transition Guide, or Soul Guide.