An End -of -Life Doula may seem like a new or progressive idea, but they are as old as death itself. In many cultures throughout history, mental, spiritual, physical and emotional support have been a fundamental part of the transition to death.
End of Life Doulas, or EOLDs also called Death Doulas or Death Midwives, enrich the dying experience for patients, family members and friends, while strengthening the relationship between medical (the doctors, nurses, social workers) and non-medical support (the family or caretakers). We are trained professionals who provide assistance and guidance with holistic services to individuals and their families during transformative life changes.
January 16, 2023 / Family Medicine
Sometimes, you need help navigating your grief and the dying process…
Doula-client relationships engage the difficult and complex emotions while navigating the signs and symptoms of the dying process. An end -of- life care team is made up of multiple different professionals ranging from doctors, nurses, social workers, and End of Life Doulas to foster a culture of equity in order to facilitate a good death. We strive to be a support system for those who are terminally ill, elderly, or healthy and their families as they plan for their transition. Doulas spend time with families, reinforcing palliative care concepts and providing emotional support. They may assist in advance care planning, coordinating family caregiving, life review (also known as legacy work), vigil planning, respite care and bereavement support. They can also provide additional support of sitting with the family during imminent dying, as well as during high need situations.
Death is the number one fear in the world. – BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE.
Death is something that we all have in common no matter what culture, religion, or socioeconomic status. The vision is to increase the availability and access to high quality education and end of life care for patients and families throughout the world.