An End-of-Life Doula is a non-medical and holistic practitioner who guides individuals and their families through the dying process by offering a calming presence, support, education, comfort measures, and companionship. Based on the doula model of care that has for decades allowed birth doulas to support mothers bringing forth a new life, End-of-Life Doulas (EOLDs) supports individuals as they pass from this life on to the next.
End-of-Life Doulas can provide a calming and reassuring presence with their knowledge of the process of dying. Death is a very emotional and overwhelming time for families and almost anyone will benefit from the knowledge and comforting presence of an End-of-Life Doula.
The sooner that an EOLD can begin to work with an individual facing a terminal diagnosis, and their family, the more time can be spent preparing and planning for all end-of-life needs which allows for the final moments to be calm and sacred.
EOLDs believe that entering Hospice early can greatly increase quality of life in the final months. EOLDs do not provide medical care, so Hospice can be a necessary part of the caring team. EOLDs can fill in the gaps and provide additional holistic care as they are contracted privately by the individual and the hours and services are mutually agreed upon without being constrained by regulations.