End of Life Doula ~ Supporting the End of Life Journey
The ‘End of Life Journey’ is a powerful and unique experience that we shall all face one day. Like life, this experience deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.
In a time where the ‘End of Life Journey’ is medicalised and clinical, more and more people are wishing to be at home surrounded by their loved ones.
An end of life doula, also referred to as a death midwife and death walker, is someone that provides support, guidance, advocacy, education and companionship to the dying and their family as they journey from diagnosis, end-of-life care and through to death and bereavement.
Their role is to also to assist the dying by giving the opportunity to die at home if that is their wish. Naturally, this is done in such a way that supports the needs of the individual and their family with compassion and practicality.
Many cultures around the world still honour this process of having their loved ones die at home with the care and dignity they so deserve, surrounded by family and community, and it’s becoming more and more acknowledged in Australia, the UK and North America.
An end of life doula can assist in the planning of the ‘End of Life Journey’ with such things as funeral arrangements, staying overnight, caring and keeping the dying company as well as having open conversations relating to end of life, death and grief. A death doula is at Service…