No one should have to die alone. An End of Life Doula helps the dying and/or their loved ones approach and enter the end of life transition in a supported, informed, and empowered way that honours as much as possible the wishes of the dying.
Preparing for death, as one prepares for any journey, is an essential step in easing discomfort. An End of Life Doula can: clarify and assist in the navigation of legal and practical preparations; help to organise and complete documents; present options for post death care; &/or arrange communication networks with family and friends.
The 'term 'doula' is Greek for 'person of service.' An End of Life Doula can: educate the dying and their families about the options for end-of-life care; facilitate the making of a plan that is consistent with wishes and cultural/ religious values; & provide emotional support in the lead up to death, during the dying process, and after death.
Impending end of life can be a time of confusion, internal conflict, and existential anxiety. Yet it can also provide opportunity for deep inquiry into the meaning and purpose of life and death. End of Life Doulas can offer spiritual presence, deep listening skills, and a sacred space in which to quietly explore the mysteries of life and death.