An End of Life Specialist, or Death Doula, is a person who assists in the dying process, much like a midwife or doula does with the birthing process. A Death Doula can help empower the dying and their loved ones to find peace, meaning and connection during their darkest moments.
The easiest way to decipher between the two is to think of hospice as caring for the physical needs of the dying while the Death Doula, or End of Life Specialist, focuses on the emotional and spiritual needs of the dying and their family. Doulas can help with conducting comforting rituals, light touch, holding hands, help the dying reflect on life’s meaning, read to the patient or play favorite music, explain signs and symptoms of dying to the family, help the family know and understand what is coming next and help create a Vigil plan such as who should be in the room, including the sounds and smells.
A Death Doula has experience caring for patients facing the end of life and can be instrumental in easing the stress and tensions of everyone involved. Doulas help to make everyone in the room, particularly the dying, more comfortable. Doulas help with practical arrangements such as organizing legacy projects, communicating and facilitating the needs of the dying and their family, and offering emotional support.
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