End-of-Life Doula (EoLD) support services
What is an End-of-Life Doula?
Also known as an End-of-Life Navigator, Death Doula, Soul Midwives, Thanadoulas, End-of-Life Specialists or Earth Angels. Doula is a Greek word meaning ‘person of service’. End-of-Life Doulas provide non-medical information; and, holistic emotional, physical, spiritual and practical support in the end-of-life care space.
We compliment the professional services provided by medical and allied health professionals, hospitals, aged care facilities, hospice, aged care and disability services. Doulas do not provide medical, legal or financial advice; nor do they replace professional care services including palliative care and related allied-health and industry related providers. We provide consistent support, comfort and service to the dying and their loved ones, before, during and after death. Click here view more Q&A’s.
Support for End-of-Life Planning
Our End-of-Life (EoL) Doula services aim to inform, empower and support those living with a life limiting diagnosis, terminal illness, or deterioration of the body from age or cognitive function. If you have just received a diagnosis or in the advanced stages of dying; or are caring for someone who is; YPC is here for you, and those around you.
Your Pathways Coach (YPC) acknowledges the Dying Persons Bill of Rights; and honours birth, life and death in all it’s stages, and meets you wherever you are at in your life journey without bias, judgement, or discrimination regardless of age, gender identity, culture, spiritual belief, sexual orientation or physical abilities.
Know your rights
It is important that you are aware of your, and your loved one’s rights at the end of life. To access the Dying Person’s Bill of Rights – Click here
End-of-Life Doula Support Services
Our model of EoL Doula care and support consists of three (3) stages:
Stage 1 – Let’s Start Talking
It’s your Voice | Your EoL Doula will listen deeply to your concerns, fears, hopes and stories you wish to share. We create a safe space for you to speak openly and frankly about dying, and explore your meaning of life, values, beliefs, personal wishes and health care preferences. We also assist you in generating authentic death and dying conversations with your loved ones.
Stage 2 – Let’s Start Planning
Advance Care Documentation and Resource Review – It’s your Life | Your EoLD supports you in living life until your last breath. We will review your advance care planning documentation ensuring your wishes and preferences are recorded and in order; and assist you in answering any questions or concerns your loved one may have. We also ensure you are receiving up-to-date non-professional relevant information including available Government Funded and Community Services support and resources. YPC does the research for you, saving you time, money and energy.
Stage 3 – End-of-Life Planning
Your EoL Doula will explore what’s most important to you and utilise our experience and expertise to create preferred experiences, wherever possible. We bring greater meaning and comfort to this emotionally intense process by supporting you, and/or your family, carer or support person to:
- advocate for your rights – if you’re feeling unheard or unseen by your service providers, or feel you are experiencing judgement or discrimination
- navigate the complex legislations and requirements in the medical, allied health, disability or aged care sectors to reduce the overwhelm and clear the confusion
- liaise with service and industry providers to clarify mis-information or conflicting information
- implement communication and support strategies for family and friends
- undertake research, information gathering
- complete forms, reports and administrative tasks
- explore self-care and healthy lifestyle options
- create memorial videos | audio journals | letter writing and creative legacy making options
- personalise funeral planning options
- co-ordinate home transitions | decluttering service requirements
- provide emergency family | carer support, where possible
- support worker (Aged Care/NDIS)
- short term respite support
- vigil support during the active dying stage
- after death body care support, and
- email, phone and text support.
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End-of-Life Doula Services & Support
Generate important conversations, explore advance planning preferences and end-of-life doula support options along your life’s journey
“Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to their very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by the imperatives of medicine, technology, and strangers.”
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Our End-of-Life Doula services and packages are personalised and tailored to suit your needs and requirements. They can consist of a minimum 3-hour consultation, up to a combination of one or more consultations and services that may spread across weeks or months. BOOK a no-obligation 30-minute discovery call NOW and Let’s Start Exploring Options that are tailored and personalised to suit you.
“Over 70% of Australians want to die at home, but only 14% actually do. Why? It takes planning and people to help to die at home.” – GroundSwell Project
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