Empowering and supporting families during the dying process
Death is not optional. The concept of death is the number one fear in the world. The number one fear of a dying patient is that they do not want to be a burden to their family.
The word "Doula" is Greek for servant or helper. A Death Doula sees death as a process, rather than a single event.
The concept of a Death Doula is quite old, in fact just a hundred years ago this would have been a skill that was handed down from generation to generation. A Death Doula is a non-medical person trained to care for someone holistically (physically, emotionally and spiritually) at the end of life. However, we work with clients at all stages of their journey. A Death Doula occupies a unique place in the matrix of people who care for the dying.
A Death Doula, like me, works with the family as well as the client. We offer various services which empower, educate, and support families to cope before, during and after the dying process. The most important aspect of our role is the ability to see and bring focus to details that others may miss. We "hold space" so that the details of taking care of someone who is dying does not overwhelm the dying itself. We bring stability to the chaos. We bring peace of mind and facilitate a dignified death.
I have my Criminal Record Check as well as my Vulnerable Sector Screening done annually.
I am a member of the End of Life Doula Association of Canada.