CERTIFIED END OF LIFE DOULA
ELDER CARE DOULA
END OF LIFE PLANNING
Providing In-Person Services in
Phoenix and West Valley, AZ
Tele-Doula Services also available Nationwide
**Offering FREE 30 minute initial End of Life Consultation**
What is an End of Life Doula?
An End-of-Life Doula is a non-medical professional that provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death. Trained in the various end of life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural dying process while providing comfort and support.
What is the difference between hospice and an End of Life Doula?
The hospice team manages the care of the terminal patient and teaches the family how to do the care. The Doula is the non-medical professional that serves as the intermediary between the family and hospice. Doulas can help reduce stress for the patient and family by communicating patient changes to hospice, by providing emotional support, presence, and education on the natural end of life process. Medicare reimbursement guidelines limit the amount of time that the hospice team is able to spend with the patient and family. Since doulas are paid privately, their time is not limited by Medicare reimbursement guidelines. Doulas provide customized experiences based on specific needs of the patient and family.
Why do I need an End of Life Doula?
Death can be scary for both the dying person and their loved ones. Doulas understand that death is a natural part of life which means that each person experiences death in their own unique way. Additionally, the experience that each loved one has with that person's death will be different from each other. Doulas understand that all of these variables should be considered and addressed during this very challenging time. Doulas will hold space to allow the patient and the family members to process what is happening in their own way, while offering coping, comfort and self care suggestions. Doulas will help in any end of life planning such as vigil planning, after death services/wakes/burials, writing eulogies/obituaries, and recommend skills for grieving. The doula's primary goal is to be of impeccable service during this journey.