End of Life Doula
End of Life Doula: An Alternative to Death Doula
The work of a death doula is primarily about presence. An end of life doula provides presence, support, options, and education to the dying and their family members while helping them keep with their wishes and to preserve quality of life. An end of life doula will assist whether the dying individual is in a private home, senior residential facility, hospice, or hospital. As with all major events in our lives it helps to make a plan, to sort through all the options and choose our preferred way forward.
Jeff has a diverse background and has been present at over 400 deaths which helps him provide emotional, spiritual, or practical support – or all the above to the dying individual and his or her family members. It can be traumatic and confusing for family members who are taking care of their dying loved one. Jeff, as an end of life doula, will start working with individuals and their families when there is less than 18 months to live. These services are supplemental to hospice or when individuals do not qualify for hospice. Jeff guides family members through the dying process by telling them what they can expect and acting as an advocate for them and the dying with representatives of the hospital, funeral home, and other personnel who may be involved in the death process. Jeff assists the dying individuals and their families to have the talks that need to be had and finds out what the dying individual wants. For example, do they have a will, power of attorney healthcare and property/finance, and living will? He guides the dying to express what type of funeral they want: burial or cremation; visitation or no visitation. Jeff offers comfort, support, and companionship. Contact Jeff to learn how an end of life doula can be of help to you and your loved one.