What is an end-of-life doula?
An end-of-life doula can help you and your family discover a meaningful way for you to transition from this life, through emotional, physical, and spiritual counseling, as well as practical assistance.
How can an end-of-life doula help?
Through a detailed interview, the doula will help you determine what you want and need in the closing days of your life. The doula will then advocate for your wishes and help you develop a plan for anything you may feel you still need to take care of, help you plan how you would like to spend your last days, and develop a "ritual" around the time you will be actively dying and after you die. The doula can help you coordinate with financial, legal, real estate, and other caring professionals. We can create a legacy project together. And the doula will stay with you as hospice services may be called in and through your final hours in this life. The doula can also assist your family before and after your death.
For the Dying
Attendance and service during active dying for a period of up to 36 hours. Vigils over 36 hours, while rarer, may incur an additional fee.
In cooperation with the dying and/or families and caregivers, design and implement a tangible or intangible legacy project.
In a series of six (or more) sessions, a doula will guide the dying through a series of questions designed to help the dying identify the optimum needs for the end of life in the areas of physical environment, emotions, relationships, beliefs and practices, life purpose and the practical care of the body before and after death. A written plan and consultation with caregivers is included.
For Loved Ones and Caregivers
consultation for loved ones and caregivers
Guidance for families and caregivers as to how to plan for an optimum end-of-life experience for the dying from the time of diagnosis until death, including vigils and rituals before and after death, and legacy planning.