An End of Life Doula, also known as a Death Doula or Death Midwife, is a relatively new, yet ancient, offering of presence to the dying and to the dying person's family and friends. End of Life Doulas (EOLDs) offer family-centered, non-medical, holistic care, advocacy and support for the dying and their loved ones. My work as an EOLD is to be a supportive presence, an educator about the end of life process and a resource to the dying and their loved ones, I strive to create the dying experience that you and your loved one want.
Thinking about death can be frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days.
Some examples of what I can do:
*Provide non-judgmental and non-medical care and support
*Act as liaison with healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care
*Suggest interventions for comfort
*Facilitate Advance Care Planning and Advance Directives to ensure your wishes are known, documented and followed
*Discuss options i.e. home funerals/wakes, green/natural burials, cremation, donating body
*Planning the vigil
*Legal and financial planning/administration
*Provide practical assistance and logistical support for the household
*Help write eulogy and obituary
Julie Lindblad Iverson, B.A., M.A.
Certified Geriatric Care Manager and End of Life Doula