An End of Life Doula guides a dying person through their final days, creating a comforting space wherever they are, whether at home, in the hospital, facility, etc.
I provide information about the natural dying process and help alleviate the fear, anxiety and depression that is often present during the dying process by offering comfort and support.
People have the right to decide on every aspect of their care at the end of their lives, and End of Life Doulas can help with decision-making based on the patient’s values. Doulas “hold the space” to approach death as an emotional and spiritual — not a medical — experience for both the patient and family.
An End Of Life Doula is especially helpful for patients who have no other family or friends nearby so they are accompanied during their dying time.
Hospice services typically focus mainly on the medical aspect of the dying process, e.g. managing symptoms and providing pain management. Doulas work in conjunction with Hospice, supplementing their service delivery so that a patient who is on Hospice care also benefits from receiving the additional services.