Frequently Asked Questions
What is an end-of-life doula?
An end-of-life doula is a non-medical support professional for a dying person, their caregivers, and their loved ones. An end-of-life doula offers support, education, and a calming presence.
An end-of-life doula can be called anytime after a terminal diagnosis. There is no right or wrong time to call and seek doula services.
An end-of-life doula is modeled after the birth doula. It is a person that comes in and helps manage things so loved ones may spend their energy attending to the dying and each other.
What does “Vigil” mean?
The vigil time is when family and loved ones gather to offer support to a person who is actively dying.
There are many ways to support the dying person and their loved ones during this time. An end-of-life doula can help ease the stress of this situation by being a calming presence and unburdening them from some of the more tedious things that can arise at this time. An end-of-life doula can also make sure the people attending the vigil are taking the time to take care of themselves as well.
What do you mean by “legacy”?
A legacy is how people will remember you and/or what you leave behind for people when you are gone. Do you have family recipes you want to make sure your loved ones have? Do you have special items you would like to give to someone or donate to an organization close to your heart? These are all parts of your legacy, and I can ensure it is honored in accordance with your wishes and in a kind and competent manner. I have many ideas that we can work on together.
Why would anyone need an end-of-life doula?
As an end-of-life doula I can guide and assist you during your end-of-life journey. We will work together to ensure that your needs are met, tasks are completed, and your voice is heard. The work I do allows you and your family to spend your time and energy on things that are important to you, while making certain the things that need to be done are still taken care of.
When I was the primary caretaker of a loved one that was dying, so much of my energy went into the caretaking tasks that other responsibilities fell to the wayside. I was physically and emotionally drained. An additional non-medical support person would have helped immeasurably. I can be that support person for you and your family.
Do you bill insurance?
The services I offer are outside the scope of insurance.
I may offer a sliding scale for those who cannot afford my fees. Please reach out to me.
Are you associated with any religious organization(s)?
I am not, but I respect my client’s beliefs and will incorporate them into your plan.
What type of payment is accepted?
I accept cash, check, and Venmo.
How are you different from Hospice?
Hospice does things like provide medications and medical equipment.
The services I offer are as a non-medical support person. I offer a more individualized kind of assistance that other organizations may not be able to provide.
Do you provide any services for someone who does not have a terminal illness?
Yes, I can help you with preplanning. Preplanning can include the 5 wishes advanced directives and a personalized booklet with instructions for your loved ones to follow. If you have any other needs feel free to contact me.