Saturday, August 22, 2015

“Death doulas” are helping Americans savor the last days of their lives - Quartz

"Like birth doulas, death doulas don’t play a medical role. They work in concert with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, but don’t replace them. The terms can vary, as do the roles—alongside “death doulas” there are death midwives, death coaches, end of life guides, thanadoulas, and soul midwives, among others. And while some step in earlier or later in the death and mourning process, all aim to provide practical and emotional support at the end of life.
In a world where doctors and nurses tend to be pressed for time, family and friends are often anxious and upset during death, and not everyone is part of a supportive religious community, death doulas willingly walk into a void that would otherwise see many facing life’s inevitable end without enough help."



“Death doulas” are helping Americans savor the last days of their lives - Quartz

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