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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between hospice and an End-of-Life Doula?

Hospice is responsible for the plan of care and patient’s clinical support. They supply the medical services, including medical evaluations and medications to keep the patient comfortable and out of pain. Their time with you is often limited due to the amount of patients they need to see in a day. As an independent Doula I am a non-medical support to you. I have no restrictions put on me which allows me as much time with you and your loved ones that we have agreed upon. If hospice is in place, I can alert the hospice team to any changes with the patient so the hospice nurse can assess and update the care plan for maximum comfort.

I have the ability to bring education and guidance to the dying process while making sure your wishes for an end-of-life experience is as you would want it to be emotionally, spiritually and logistically.

When should I contact you as my End-of-Life Doula?

You can contact me at any stage of the end-of-life process. The earlier I am brought into the fold the more time I have getting to know you and your loved ones. This allows for more quality care and the ability to have your wishes honored for the most peaceful end-of-life experience possible.

What don’t you do as an End-of-Life Doula?

I do not give any medical advice or administer medication and I will not interfere with the medical team. I do not do funeral planning or give legal advice. I will never insert any religious or spiritual beliefs. I respect your beliefs and needs and will bring them into my time with you as requested.

What services do you offer?

This is a partial list of some of my services for you that can be done in person and virtually:

  • Companionship and coaching to the patient and their loved ones
  • Moving with you through each stage of the grief process before death
  • Help with end-of-life documents such as health proxy and advanced directive
  • Emotional grief support for loved ones after their beloved has transitioned

For a complete list of services please see my Caring Services page.

Did you receive special training?

Yes. I was trained and certified through DoulaGivers.com. I am a member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance – NEDA – that has set a national practicum with Core Competencies for the practice of professional End-of-Life Doulas. I am NEDA Proficient after passing their exam. I have volunteered at multiple hospices for a deeper dive into first-hand experience beyond my own personal support of end-of-life for family and friends.

Are End-of-Life Doula services covered by insurance?

Not at this time. End-of-Life Doulas are private pay like all “companion” services such as Home Instead, Visiting Angels, Comfort Keepers, etc.

Free Consultation

This work can create such an intimate relationship between the Doula and the dying person along with their loved ones, that it is important to make sure we’re a right fit for each other.

Reach out to me at

transitionwithpeace@gmail.com

or on my Contact page.

During our initial FREE 1-hour consultation we will explore your needs and make sure a strong comfort level is felt to move forward and journey through your most intense and intimate moments together.