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Answers to your Questions

What is an End of Life Doula?

An EOL Doula is a non-medical, holistic practitioner who guides individuals and their families through the dying process by way of presence, companionship, emotional support, and education. Just as birth doulas support mothers in birthing a baby at the beginning of life, we guide and support individuals leaving this life.

Why would I consider hiring an EOL Doula?

Doulas are a calm, reassuring presence with knowledge of the dying process. We are a compassionate resource for families who may be overwhelmed and grieving at the impending death of their loved one. Doulas offer a variety of services to assist in the transition of dying. First and foremost, we provide a safe, steady knowledgeable and comforting presence during a most difficult time.

How is an EOL Doula different from what Hospice offers?

We highly recommend every individual and family facing a terminal illness and end of life to call their local hospice as soon as possible. Doulas serve as a complement to the hospice healthcare team and, as such, do not participate in planning or providing medical care.
We offer:

  • Our extensive training exceeds what most hospice volunteer programs provide

  • Time and availability beyond what hospice is normally able to provide due to Medicare guidelines

  • Personalized attention

  • Continuity

  • Advocacy

  • Our trained experience in being with intense, difficult emotions

  • A sacred space during the active dying process until the last breath

  • Bereavement visit

Contact can be made at any time during the end-of-life process. That involves from the time of diagnosis to months, weeks, or days leading up to and including active dying phase. The earlier a doula enters into the process, the more time can be spent getting to know the individual and their family, creating a non-medical plan of care, prioritizing end of life wishes and desires while creating sacred space and meaning.

When should I contact an EOL Doula?

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