End of Life Doula
The End of Life Doula
The end of life deserves the same level of care and dignity that marks the beginning of life.
For those looking to embrace this time as an important passage – intentionally seeking to live each day to its highest potential – an End of Life Doula establishes reassuring continuity and emotional support for families and their loved one.
Navigating Health Care
This time can feel overwhelming, confusing and often frustrating. A doula on your care team helps navigate the medical challenges that come with a terminally ill diagnosis. She provides the resources you need when transitioning between hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home, and hospice or other alternative care and provides respite for caregiving team members.
A Personal Advocate
The constant evolution of medical care, as you move from actively seeking curative treatment to no longer receiving treatment, is disruptive. An end of life doula is your advocate for the dying person’s wishes and is a foundation of consistent support for mediating the respect and cooperation of medical staff. Life review and legacy project guidance is available, as well as help facilitating the end of life planning.
Holistic Family Care
Engaging an end of life doula throughout the death process and afterward assures that your loved one maintains the best quality of life possible. As an integral part of the caregiving team, a doula tends to their comfort, offers compassion and companionship, and assists with proper after death care arrangements. Family guidance and follow-up after the death of a loved one complete a doula’s comprehensive attention to details.
An end of life doula supports a personalized, empowering and empathetic approach to the end of life experience with compassion and grace.
“In the American culture, where the majority of people die in hospitals, death has been routinely denied, sterilized, and/or removed from view.
Talking about dying with the person that is terminally ill can relieve anxiety for all participants in the conversation, and it can help ensure that final wishes regarding treatment at the end of life are honored.”
Maureen P Keeley – Texas State University