EOL Doula Services

Three-Phase Doula Model

There is no concrete or definitive way to perform end-of-life care. Each individual and their family has specific needs that need to be addressed in different ways. I assist individuals and families in preparing for death with a holistic, non-biased, compassionate approach. I offer comfort and support, regular visits with patients and families, coaching, advanced directives, individual religious rites, and whatever else a family might need of me.  Good quality care means that every moment is an evolution that the Doula and family experience together–It is an unfolding. Therefore, I follow a simple rubric:

I. Summing Up & Planning

“What concerns or worries you?” “What do you believe or hope happens after we die?”

  • Address worries & issues
  • Increase quality of life
  • Explore life meaning
  • Address legacy projects and individual visualizations
  • Plan atmosphere and environment
  • Educate about the dying process
  • Design rituals,  etc

II. Conducting Vigil 

This begins with active dying and involves presence at bedside. 

  • Hold space for the Vigil plan
  • Use guided visualization/meditation as needed
  • Use instructed music, touch, rituals
  • Assist in physical care
  • Provide rest for family
  • Normalize dying and maintain sacredness.

III. Reprocessing & Early Grief

5-6 weeks after death

  • Retell the dying story/Address reoccurring images
  • Discuss what was said/not said
  • Bereavement referrals
  • Navigating and nurturing grief to cultivate meaning

 

What I am not: a hospice nurse, licensed doctor of any sort or registered medical presence. Therefore, I do not diagnose or assist with medical issues.

I do this work on a sliding scale and pro bono for those in need. Every person deserves a peaceful death. I will never turn down somebody for financial reasons. Pay it forward or pay what you can.

My services are located in King County of Seattle, WA. I am willingly to travel on a case-by-case basis and have access to Skype for any questions that you might have.

Still reading? Ready? The first step is a consultation and the rest goes on from there.

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