I bring comfort and peace to the very last seconds of a person’s time in this world.
As a Certified End of Life (E-O-L) Doula, I have the important role of helping people face death with a little less fear and a little more love. I serve as a supportive person who provides nonjudgmental, non-medical holistic support to those nearing the end of life. As an E-O-L Doula, and spiritual medium, I offer support to friends and family of the elderly, dying, or recently deceased loved one.
As an EOL Doula, I serve –
- The elderly (possibly for years before their death is due for arrival).
- The terminally ill, at any age.
- The grieving, those who have lost or are about to say goodbye to a loved one.
- Those not near death but who want to wrestle with and confront their mortality now.
- Those looking to practically plan for their end-of-life care and final burial or funeral, at any age, regardless of health status.
Core Components of the Mystic Moments Doula Model of Care: Guiding Principles
- Non-medical support. Doulas refrain from performing any clinical or medicalized tasks.
- Non-judgmental support. The doula does not impose her/his values on the client such as acting on biases in favor of one method.
- Family-centered approach. The individual and their family form the unit of care. Doulas do not take the place of partners, family members or other care providers.
- Holistic care. Doulas recognize the biopsychosocial and spiritual aspects of the whole person and provide services in the context of this understanding.
- Doulas promote informed decision-making and foster maximum self-determination for the individual and family.
- Team members. Doulas are team players with a special role.
Types of Support Provided by Doulas
- Good listener, witness, calming influence, nurturing, support for troubleshooting challenges.
- Emotional support. Always part of the doula’s role.
- Information sharing. Education as needed and desired, non-biased and evidence-based.
- Proactive guidance. Anticipating needs and making a plan.
- Resources and referrals. Making referrals to appropriate community resources and care providers, thereby increasing access to all available services.
- Comfort measures and physical support. Can include hands-on comfort techniques, help with positioning, visualization, use of the breath, and so on.
- Logistical support. Can include household help, running errands, transportation to medical appointments and so on.
To understand more about the End-of-Life Doula Model of Care, go to What is the “Doula Model of Care”? by Patty Brennan
Mystic Moments is an active member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.