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As we teach in our trainings, one of the fundamental tenets of an end of life doula is to support the wishes of the dying person. This involves the difficult decisions they have made and upholding their choices in whatever manner they have decided. In our...read more
You would think by this time that everyone would know how important it is to have an advanced directive. And in fact, according to research done by the folks at The Conversation Project, 90% of people say it’s important to talk to their loved ones about end-of-life...read more
As we approach the California Men’s Colony prison the size of it surprises me. A little over 5,000 men are incarcerated here—more than it’s designed capacity. The East Facility that I’m going to with Kris Kington-Barker, the Executive Director of the Hospice of San...read more
The Questions We Struggle With: An Excerpt From Caring for the Dying, The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death
So, when pressed for an answer to some of the common questions people ask, the doula will put the question back to the person. For example, when a dying person asks what happens after death, the doula might respond with: “What do you believe happens?” Giving the...read more
One of the cornerstones of the work of an end of life doula is opening the door to deeper communication. Often a dying person feels the need to protect their loved ones emotionally by choosing to keep their fears, concerns or worries to themselves. Through this...read more
One of the guiding principles of excellent doula care is to meet the dying person and family where they are. This principle affects every aspect of the work doulas do, from how they listen and communicate, to how directly involved they get in physical care and touch,...read more
When my father was dying, my parents’ 10-year- old yorkie/shitzu rescue dog, Betsy, often lay on his bed licking and nudging his feet. Other times, she stood guard, pacing up and down the bed as my dad slipped out of consciousness. Betsy would alternate between lying...read more
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The spectacular display of color that washes across the valleys and hillsides of the area where I live rivals the most amazing events of nature. This year the display of color and fall of leaves seems delayed by the unusually...read more
If a dying person chooses to end their life through a lethal dose of medication, or for that matter by refusing all food and fluids, an end-of-life doula can still play an active role in their dying process. In fact, the doula’s importance may even be elevated,...read more
Currently there are five states that allow a person to seek a physician’s help with hastening their death. When Jack Kevorkian brought national attention to the right to die movement in the early 1990s—culminating in seven years in jail for second-degree murder—the...read more
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