You can plan the final months, days, moments of your life. What do you want to happen? Who do you want around you? As an End of Life Doula, I assist clients and their loved ones by planning and coordinating end-of-life care and after death activities. I provide a sympathetic but neutral presence. Most importantly, I create a safe space for clients to prepare for their death or the death of their loved one.
I help fill the gaps in care not necessarily covered by hospice by completing a circle of support for the person who is dying and their loved ones. It is my intention to provide thoughtful, compassionate, and proactive support to ensure the best quality of life possible right up to and through the end.
An initial free face-to-face (or video conference) consultation is necessary to fully explain choices and services available to the person and family. This initial consultation includes:
Discussing the dying person’s and family’s needs
Outlining the scope of services available
Determining if there is a positive connection and desire to work together
Depending on the amount of support available to the dying person from family and friends, a customized plan is created that may include:
“Let’s Get Together and Talk about Death”, is a customized presentation for service clubs, churches, and other organizations to learn about the subject of dying and how to do it well.
Helen B., Volunteer Coordinator at Avera at Home Hospice