What is a death doula?
A death doula is a non-medical professional trained to care for a terminally ill person's physical, emotional and spiritual needs during the death process, which may start at diagnosis to final days.
How is a death doula different from hospice or palliative care?
End-of-life doulas complement the professional medical care from hospitals, senior-care facilities and hospices. A death doula supports not only the dying person but also their family members.
Are death doulas allowed into hospital and/or hospice settings?
Yes. Upon the request of the person or their family, death doulas offer vigil sitting, death planning, legacy work and/or grief support at home and at the hospital. (Coivd-19 restrictions allow for virtual sessions.)
How much does a death doula cost?
Rates vary. For example, a death doula might be hired shortly after a terminal diagnosis, which unfolds into death within weeks, months or years. Hourly rates range from $50 to $100.
What are the most common requests from the dying when they work with a death doula?
Most dying people want to be reassured that the people they love will be okay. Because they know their wishes are clear and respected, people face death with love, acceptance and courage.