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What is a Death Doula

End of life Doulas (or doulas) respect life's sanctity. By highlighting the need of planning and preparation, they hope to contribute to the creation of an environment that promotes a more tranquil dying process. Dying is a normal aspect of life, and doulas aim to have frank discussions about dying. From diagnosis to death, doulas offer the terminally ill and those close to them individualized, non-medical, holistic assistance in the physical, emotional, and spiritual domains. They also educate and counsel patients, caregivers, and family members on end-of-life issues.

A birth doula or  or midwife  joins the laboring woman at the threshold of birth. Given that individuals require the same kind of customized, sensitive care as they labor out of life, the term "doula" was taken from the birth doulas to refer to end-of-life care. Other names for those who offer end-of-life doula care include end of life doulas, soul midwives, death midwives, and midwives to the dying.

 

Doulas empower patients and their families to make critical decisions about their care, well-being, and quality of life.

Doulas support the dying person and their loved ones at periods of significant and life-altering transition by offering extra comfort care, information, and resources. Based on what matters most to each person in terms of culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious and spiritual beliefs, and socioeconomic situation, doulas work to provide the best assistance possible to all people. Ending unnecessary suffering at the end of life is the goal of doulas. They are deeply present at the bedside and offer empathetic consoling care. They listen to tales that need to be told, they hold hands when someone asks to be held, they hear about successes and regrets, and they promote forgiveness and resolving unresolved issues.

Doulas are willing to stand at the edge of death with the dying and their loved ones, and they assist in facilitating meaningful discourse and exploration regarding the dying process. As the dying struggle to transcend beyond being human and into the realm beyond, they serve as the gatekeepers, helping to preserve secure the holy space that separates the world of the living from the vastness of the great mystery.

Death and the dying process may be both delicate and lovely, as well as complicated and chaotic. End-of-life doulas promise to be present with open minds and hearts to make sure that no one, if at all possible, travels the sacred path of dying without the loving and compassionate support of others.

A physical transition zone in nature. A frozen lake meets the desert shore.
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