An End-of-Life Doula accompanies the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life. He/she provides support, resources, education and friendship for those who accept and embrace dying as a period of life, not just an abrupt ending. This period of life may last a year or a day. It brings challenges and joys, sorrows and opportunity. The end-of-life doula adds a layer of support for both the dying person and their family to help them live life to the fullest.
In our November training (Michigan’s first!), participants learn what an end-of-life doula is and does and how to support the dying and their loved ones through education, accompaniment, referrals to resources in the community and companionship. End-of-Life Doulas learn to enhance and empower, rather than usurp the role of friends, family, medical team and spiritual care providers. They learn how to set guidelines, define their reach, maintain good boundaries and practice self-care.
As more and more of us live longer and face chronic and life-limiting illness, the period of dying has extended from a few days or weeks to months or years. Medical care focuses solely on cure and treatment. Patients often feel adrift among medical choices while grasping for ways to live with illness in full awareness that death will come. Life choices include acceptance, growth and sharing gifts of love and preparation. There is much meaning to be found during the “dying year” that is profound and life affirming. It is a time of opportunity and growth to be embraced, not shunned. The end-of-life doula guides and accompanies the dying person and their family as they explore this territory and live to the fullest during this transition time.
Please visit http://center4cby.com/end-of-life-doula-training/ for more info and to register.