A ‘Death Doula’, “Death Midwife’ “End of Life Doula’ are all the same thing.
Doulas provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support at an intensely personal and crucial time. They assist people in finding meaning, creating a legacy project, and planning for how the last days will unfold. Doulas also guide and support loved ones through the last days of life and ease the suffering of grief in its early stages.
As many of you know, I spent my entire community service hours I needed to fulfill for my massage school requirement doing bodywork at Hospice. I changed me in profound ways and offered lessons I would never have gotten anywhere else.
After I graduated I continued to volunteer at Hospice and even have taken on the role to teach students at my Alma Mater (UCHA) how to do Hospice bodywork when they needed to fulfill THEIR community service requirements. More recently UCHA asked me to teach a class on end of life and bodywork. You can find links to that class slated for Oct 27th 2019 in the CLASS section of this Blog.
Last year I first heard about Death Doulas and I immediately felt called. This in no way means that I am giving up my massage practice. Far from it. I think this training will not only enhance my ability to help people at the end of their lives/Hospice but will give me new insights on the rest of my clientele.
I am registered for my last training session for Death Doula in November. This is an exciting step for our community and I hope will bring wellness, peace and comfort to those who are dying and their loved ones.