A death doula (sometimes referred to as an end-of-life doula or death midwife) assists in the dying process much like a birth doula or midwife does during the birthing process. It is a non-medical, community-based role aimed to help families cope with dying by recognizing it as a natural and important part of life.
Doulas are available through all stages of the process, from notice of terminal diagnosis through active dying and death. Hiring a doula is helpful in many ways. We:
Death doulas are hired by the dying person, their family members or friends, social workers, therapists, or anyone who recognizes that "dying well" takes a community. The process begins after everyone involved agrees on the plan to move forward and can be summarized in 3 steps:
These visits are generally in-home or facility visits with the dying person and their loved ones but can also take place virtually during the pandemic. This service includes unlimited access to your doula electronically and by phone, daily visits during active stage of dying, hourly visits through death, bereavement and grief processing following death. Visits are customized and look different for everyone but generally include:
Honoring and protecting the dying through patient advocacy, comfort care, guided meditation, creating and implementing a vigil plan, creating and implementing a sacred space through touch, scent, light and music therapy.
Honoring and protecting the family through family advocacy, education of death and dying, resource sharing and respite for caregivers.
End-of-life Support Services $40-$100/hour.
Full list of offerings and fees here.