An End-of-Life Doula (also called a Death Doula) supports a dying person and their loved ones by helping put in place care plans and treatment preferences which reflect the wishes of the dying person, and by supporting those involved emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. This support is specific to that person's needs, beliefs, and values and starts whenever the person or people involved are ready. The support extends from the time of outreach, through to the final months and weeks and into recovery of those left behind.
An End-of-Life Doula does not provide any medical care but aims to complement the care given by the medical team. A death doula's work can include advanced care planning, logistical planning for before, during and after death; comfort and respite care, companionship, conducting rituals or comforting practices; vigil presence for actively dying patients, helping the dying person reflect on their life, values, and emotional legacy; and explaining the physical signs of impending death to caregivers and providing emotional support to family members after their loved ones has passed. The services delivered in any specific case are entirely driven by the needs of the client.
An End-of-Life Doula will hold “the space” and help to redirect the focus on what matters most; saying goodbye together, experiencing the end of life and death that is most meaningful to the person.
An End-of-Life Doula can be contacted at any time up to the last days of life.
At this time, End of Life Doulas/Death Doulas are not covered under medical or extended benefits here in BC, Canada