As EOL Doulas we are advocates for
people who may not know about
palliative care prior to hospice and
would love to know their options for
relief of their suffering without
having to sign up for hospice. The
reality is that so many people will
never come to hospice and they need
more support as they die in the
healthcare system (outside of
Your practice needs to address this aspect as well. Supporting people who are dying is not just about doing vigil the last days of life when the person is on hospice. It is about serving the dying who may not want to die, who may not have adequate palliative care.
What?!? You may be asking yourself. You did hear right. Dr. Jackie Yaeger is extraordinary in many ways as you will see below in our interview and her bio. I am so grateful she and I found each other and it has been my honor to work closely with her. I want you to know her too.
We dream. We know we are meant to serve others at the end of life. We play around with ideas how all we have accomplished in our lives will fit in with all we know and love to do--how can we pull this all
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.
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.
Coming home from Maui after the International Death Doula Conference this week has been a shattering experience. And I mean that in a good way.
The conference was sold out to people from all over the world, some new to end of life and excited to see how this calling will unfold in their lives. Most were ‘old timers’ in the work, quietly and not so quietly making great strides in their communities to empower people in the realms of dying and death.
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