What is an End of Life Doula?
End-of-life doulas (also called Death Doulas, Death Midwives, Death Companions, etc.) come from varied backgrounds, experiences and training. They provide non-medical, holistic support to comfort the dying person and their loved ones. Services may include pre-planning, education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual and practical care. Each EOLD has their own specialty and are happy to make referrals for services they are not trained or able to provide. Above all, End of Life Doulas assist the dying individual in achieving an end of life experience that is as meaningful, peaceful, and as well-prepared as possible for all involved.
What are your qualifications?
I trained to become an End of Life Doula through goingwithgrace.com. I had followed Alua Arthur’s work for several years and took the time I was given during the Covid-19 shut down to begin my training. Prior to this, I was trained as an Oncology Massage Therapist with greettheday.org and as an End of Life Massage Therapist through finaltouchtraining.com. I am a member of National End-of-life Doula Alliance (NEDA) and I have earned my proficiency badge through them. I am also a Preferred Practitioner through Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM).
When is it time to find an End of Life Doula?
You do not need to have a terminal diagnosis, to begin getting your affairs in order. In fact, the best time to do this part is when you are well! A lot of my clients come to me having already done their end of life planning, but have recently been giving a life limiting diagnosis and would like my support to begin then.
How is a Doula different from Hospice?
My doula services do not replace hospice, but instead my work compliments their services and gives you care that they are not able to provide. I encourage my clients to enroll in Hospice when they have been told they have about six months of life expectancy left. Hospice is there to care for all the medical aspects at the end of your life and I will be there to support you in a holistic manner. My services include end of life massage, emotional support, errand running, home organization, bedside vigil, legacy work, assistance in carrying out your post mortem wishes with the family, and more. The care I provide is tailored to what my clients’ needs are regardless of where they are in their end of life process.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately at this time, I am not able to take insurance. If my fees are not within your budget, please let me know. I am able to work with varying budgets. I feel it’s very important that my services are available to everyone who needs it.