What Death Doulas do:
Our primary gift is our ability to be a grounding and supportive presence for individuals and their families during a deeply intense, painful, and emotional time. Our guidance brings comfort and advocacy to the dying, and our knowledge and support allows families to focus on grieving, take breaks, let go, and spend quality time to love and honor their loved one. Our presence offers steadfast assurance, comfort, and companionship when death arrives.
Our services can begin at any stage of the end of life process and continues through death and into funeral planning if requested. We can offer more customized services the sooner we know an individual and family, but we are flexible in meeting your needs. Every End of Life Doula offers something a little different from each other with varying expertise. Please make sure you read the bios, as well as note where they are based.
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. For this reason, phone appointments are a wonderful way to discuss with a Doula what you are seeking. All initial phone conversations are free. Please contact a Doula for further information.
Skills and Services:
Providing support, education, and advocacy for the individual and family
Being available to the family as needed and when needed
Conversation and planning on end of life meaning, goals, intentions
Bedside care planning, After Death care planning, Funeral planning and education
Creating and/or collaborating with individual and families to make meaningful ceremonies or rituals
Vigil during active dying
Grief and bereavement support
Respite, errands, light housework assistance, driving to appointments
Assistance with Life review or Legacy project
Assistive comfort measures such as light hand and foot massage, guided imagery, guided breathing techniques for relaxation
Collaboration with hospice team, on-call nurses and doctors and social workers for best coordinated care and communication
Referral resource and collaboration for additional services such as Threshold Choir, energy work, acupressure, massage and so on.
Assistance in helping make this transition for the individual as comfortable as possible.
Please note: Death doulas are non-medical and holistic practitioners, and 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.