What an important time in the history for the end of life doula movement!
Our national trade organization, The Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is creating an End of Life Doula Council to educate both consumers and hospices and palliative care clinics about end of life doulas, how everyone can use doulas and how doulas can serve the hospice and palliative care industry.
We are caring for our own families and friends. And, we are Professional caregivers have an increased responsibility to take care of ourselves, as we care for so many others. Not only our livelihood depends on caring for our number one asset, ourselves, but the care we give others too.
We are so proud of all the work of end of life advocates around the world and our QLC Alumni, Sophia Plonski, is right there in the middle of it! Read more HERE about this amazing work. You will be inspired!
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This Day 29 video is just one of the videos from our End of Life Doula Primer, a free public education series for the person who wants to serve others at the end of life. Listen closely HERE as I share with you about how important it is to plan ahead.
In photo from left to right: Suzanne O'Brien, Deanna Cochran, Edo Banach, Patty Burgess.
This has truly been an eventful year! End of Life Doulas have taken a national and international stage as the new kids on the block for end of life support to families and established organizations who serve those with advanced illness and the dying.
I appreciate what this particular death midwife is saying regarding visiting someone at the end of life: "It is not mysterious or grandiose - bottom line, you're just visiting someone...at a very scary time in life."
Like a birth doula, but not really.
Let us begin with a little comparison and understanding of the role in relation to birthing. In 2017, in the US, birth doulas have created a special niche for themselves as providers of practical and emotional care for a woman and her family.
I work in the field of death and dying every day and help people move through so much pain and grief, and I am still no expert in grief - yours or my own.
I do not believe in the experts on grief.
As an end of life doula, we expect a lot of ourselves sometimes. How often do you get to ‘practice’ the art of being with others as they are dying? How often do you get to ‘practice’ the skills that will make you good at this? Do you expect yourself to just be great at going between the two states of 'being' without practice? That is a lot to ask of anyone.
I offer my respect to our armed forces and our veterans today. Join me in a moment of silence intentionally for all the men and women who were scared, who didn't understand the totality of what they were getting into, or how it would affect their lives when they came home, if they did.
I honor the grieving parents, children, widows, sisters, brothers, and friends of the thousands upon thousands of people who made it possible for the likes of us in the U.S. to pretty much do and go as we please without bombs being dropped in our living room or seeing our baby brothers and sisters blown apart as we go to the store.
Today is not about me approving of war. As humans we have a long way to go to minding our own business and also protecting other humans in a kind and peaceful way. Today is about asking all of us to join in prayer and meditation for all those who lost their lives with the intention of protecting us and for making this world a better place.
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