The word “Doula” is a Greek word meaning a person who provides non-medical physical, emotional, spiritual, and holistic support. Just like a birth doula who guides and supports a pregnant woman before, during, and after birth. End of life Doulas serve their client’s and loved ones at the end of life before, during and after death
End of Life Doulas may specialize in other areas of life such as an Elder Companion to ensure quality of life during the aging and dying process by providing a non- medical personal presence, practical support emotionally, holistically, and spiritually throughout the various stages of aging and dying to ensure a positive experience.
- To provide extra support and comfort on a routine basis to families who live out of town or cannot check in regularly, provide extra comfort, companionship, and support to the person in a senior living community. A doula is yours personally.
- To check in on your loved one in a care facility to make certain their needs are being met and that they are receiving the one-on-one time and support they need.
- Assist with the transitioning from a private residence to an independent living or long-term acute facility with regular or few visits after moving in to assure a smooth transition.
- For aging adults in senior living facilities with limited social engagement programs, the doula can accompany them on walks, outings, or spend one-on-one time playing cards, games, or participating in activities, and working on legacy projects for loved ones.
- To provide respite to family and end of life vigil support.
We can provide services to you in the comfort of your own home, assisted living, nursing home, hospice, palliative care facilities and hospitals.
End of Life Doulas are hired by patients or family members when a terminal diagnosis is given and stay with that person and their family through their death and beyond. They help with legacy projects such as scrapbooks, writing letters, videos, creating memory books or boxes to leave behind for loved ones. End of Life Doulas come alongside and companion the dying and create sacred space when people are nearing the end of their lives. A doula will visit and often sit vigil with you or your loved one as they are dying. Our time with you is unlimited, and not regulated by Medicare or time constraints.
An End of Life Doula provides support, guidance, and companionship to the dying person, and their loved ones when active dying begins (usually the last 24-48 hours of life) to assure that their wishes are met and honored. This may be sitting quietly holding space, gentle touch, playing soft music, aromatherapy, or reading. I am an anchor for you and loved ones, so they can continue to honor and care for you.
No, the conversation around death and End of Life options is important. By preparing and getting comfortable with the conversation of death builds a strong foundation and readiness for when you are faced with death. Preparing so the family is not left with wondering what your wishes are is the greatest gift you can leave them.
You have an increased sense of control, a better understanding of signs and symptoms, ease of depression, and suffering. We offer respite to family members who may need a break. We are available for household help, running errands, transportation to medical appointments, and serve as an advocate when needed. Doulas can help turn an experience filled with fear and anxiety into one that is peaceful and sacred.