“You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life.”
How To Find Meaning In The Face Of Death
What Is A Death Doula? A Death Doula is someone who makes him or herself available to assist a dying individual and also the family before, during and after death occurs. A Death Doula generally assists in a wide range of services that can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances, but generally seeks to provide a holistic, hands-on, non-medical approach to the fundamentally natural process of dying for all parties involved — a Death Doula might offer any of the following services, among many others.
For The Dying Individual: Whether in the family’s home, hospice, hospital or some other setting, a Death Doula often provides the profound gift of companionship. Among many things, this might comprise simply holding the dying person’s hand; actively listening to his or her comments; conversing and attempting to offer answers and comfort to the individual’s questions, concerns and needs; discussing end-of-life wishes; helping the dying individual resolve and find peace about real or imagined wrongs.
For The Family Members: Whether in the family’s home, hospital, hospice or some other setting, a Death Doula often provides the gift of continuity before, during and after a death occurs. A Death Doula offers supportive communication and conversations between all family members, assisting with the creation of meaningful goodbyes during the remaining hours of life.
In addition to helping plan a client’s final moments, Death Doulas often assist the dying person create a meaningful ‘legacy project’ which is something the family will always have to remember their loved one by and to pass on to other generations.