You might be wondering, what’s an End of Life Doula? The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves”. Most people are familiar with a birth doula, as they help women during childbirth. But now with more people approaching the end of their life, the End of Life Doula is becoming more mainstream. The End of Life Doula Network defines the role as “someone who provides non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care.”
It’s about being fully present, for both the person that is dying and for their family. Dying is such a sacred and special time and helping that person to feel honored is so important. Dying alone (or worse, scared and fearful) is not ideal. An End of Life Doula aims to reduce the stress and fear which is often present when a person dies. As someone who isn’t afraid to talk about the dying process, with years of experience helping people as they approach their transition, my goal is to help end of life transition take place as peacefully as possible.