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.
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.
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):
School of Accompanying the Dying
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