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.
It is suggested by the NHFA that we refer to the role as End of Life Guide for the overall arch. Presently, there are many names for us: Death Doula, End of Life Doula, Doula for the Dying, Soul Midwife, Midwife for the Dying, End of Life Midwife, Amicus, Griefwalker, Deathwalker, Transition Guide, End of Life Guide, Death Coach, End of Life Coach, Transition Coach, Soul Doula, End of Life Practitioner, End of Life Specialist - the list goes on and on and on.
Do you see how this can leave all of us spinning in our own dust with no traction in a movement of people ready to serve? QLC, in unity with the NHFA, asks you to consider that each of us uses 'end of life guide' in our SEO and in our explanation of our role and services, regardless of how else we describe ourselves. By doing so, we will gain traction in the consciousness of the very people who need us.
School of Accompanying the Dying
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