A recent article by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, "Transforming End of Life Care through Communication," states something vitally important:
We, as those who want to accompany others through dying, have a 'job' to do which is to listen and hear what a person's goals are for themselves now that they are seriously ill.
WOW...wow...wow!! I'm trying to grab my joy and awe on all levels about how this year’s retreat continued to expand my consciousness in serving others at the end of life.
Each person that is called to serve the dying decides their own path for serving. Some do so through hospice volunteering or through working in the medical field, while others are creating their own way to bridge the gaps in health and death care.
This is our 3rd article in our 3-part series about the grassroots movement of the end of life doula. We reviewed our numbers from the 30-Day Death Doula Training Primer to see what interested you the most and here's what we saw.
Some people’s interest in topics related to death and dying is purely for their own understanding. This is powerful in and of itself, as we can powerfully change the world one person at a time.
You are not alone in your desire to serve others at the end of life. Look at all the articles listed below; it used to be that volunteering at hospice or the hospital was the only option if you had this calling.
Below are just some of the mainstream press reporting on the phenomenon of the Death Doula (among many more):
Our classes are a comprehensive and innovative way to learn, integrate, and develop what you have been called to do. These complete Certificate Programs are the first of its kind and continues to lead this grassroots movement.
What do you call yourself? At Quality of Life Care, we have adopted the suggestion of the National Home Funeral Alliance regarding how we refer to this role of the Independent EOL Practitioner. Please review here.
As it may warm my heart to call myself an End of Life Doula or Death Midwife, the general public would not necessarily know to look for me with that title.
The “Go to” person is that special person within a circle that people know they can turn to during serious situations.
In response to "what is it that you do?", I just wanted to clarify with some scenarios. I work with people and families at two different times usually: 1) at some crisis point where we develop a plan that will get them through the time period, or 2) I am with a family as the person they love is dying, providing emotional, spiritual, and practical support.