Death doulas (also known as end-of-life doulas) are often non-medical professionals specifically trained to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support for those at the end-of-life stage and advocate for the wishes of the dying, ensuring a peaceful transition.
Doula services can vary, some doulas specialize in advance directives and planning, some specialize in bedside vigil and transition care, while some offer after death assistance to families.
Universally, all doulas have answered a special calling to do this type of work as we all see the human death experience as a sacred part of life to be honored.
No, we work with anyone, healthy or not. We encourage you to reach out whenever you feel ready to start the conversation and planning process. It has been shown that early planning helps relieve death anxiety.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 18 complete an Advance Directive.
Medicare-B does cover advance care and end of life planning consults with an approved medical provider. Embracing Mortality does offer this option.
The National End of Life Doula Alliance has a doula directory on their website.
Here is the link for states listed A-M https://www.nedalliance.org/end-of-life_doulas_a_through_m.html
Here is the link for states listed N-W https://www.nedalliance.org/doula_directory_n_through_z.html
There can never be too many resources for the end of life transition. End of LIfe Doulas can work side by side with hospice care. Hospice provides medical advice, medication, equipment and care.
Doulas help the dying explore what matters most and work to ensure their wishes are upheld.and assist in creating the kind of environment the dying person has requested.
We take client confidentiality very seriously and adhere to all applicable laws and ethical guidelines. We will never share client information without their explicit consent.
Visits can be anywhere. At home, in hospice, assisted-living facilities, or at the hospital. Whatever the environment, doulas are committed to honoring and protecting the dying through patient advocacy and comfort care as well as honoring and protecting the family through education and advocacy.
Embracing Mortality means accepting that all of us will one day cease to exist here in physical form, leaving behind a life we built and people we loved and realizing that each day is an opportunity to life purposefully.
The services of Embracing Mortality focuses on educating people about death and dying, and helping them prepare for the end-of-life experience through advanced care planning, hospice and palliative care, and other related topics.
We offer support for patients and families through the process of dying, by offering emotional and spiritual support, practical advice, and other resources.
We advocate for better end-of-life care policies and practices, both within the healthcare system and in society.
We encouraging people to have conversations about death and dying, and to embrace the natural process of mortality as a part of life's journey.
Our mission is to help people navigate one of the most challenging and profound experiences of human existence.