WHAT IS AN END-OF-LIFE DOULA?
A Greek word meaning a person who serves as a companion to the dying. An End-of Life Doula provides non-medical support to a patient and their loved ones before, during, and after the final phase of life. Doulas help with all of the details and will continue to stay connected to you and your loved ones. Managing your team of Caregivers, Hospice, Palliative Care and bring on any resources needed. We suggest interventions for comfort, help facilitate unresolved issues, assist with advanced directives/will. Also offer a more holistic approach, creating remembrances, plan of a vigil, and other options for your unique journey to help find Peace, Meaning, and acceptance. Having a Doula is “The Glue” that hold the pieces to Your puzzle together!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I PUT INGRID ON MY TEAM?
Whether it be preparing Advanced Directives, organizing for a meeting with an estate attorney, Ingrid can provide direction to so it may be an efficient and methodical experience. She will take a loving approach to putting a plan in place at any point in the process that respects your wishes. Being prepared is The Best way to ensure your wishes are known and honored.
IS A END OF LIFE DOULA ONLY FOR THE FRAGILE ELDERLY OR DYING?
Ingrid works with clients of All ages looking to have Peace of Mind, so their beliefs and wishes are well documented. End- of Life Doulas typically work with the terminally ill. But most Doulas including Ingrid, will work with anyone at any age going through a life change, aging or feeling the burden of worry about their end of life wishes. Life can change at any time, why wait for a crisis!
WHO NEEDS A END OF LIFE DOULA?
Anyone who wants to plan their End- of life care and document their wishes can use the services of a Doula. If a client has a terminal diagnosis, they can hire a Doula to facilitate for a friend, hold a family meeting, and help to support those as they hear the news. Some clients choose to hire a Doula to address their healthcare agent, financial plans, establish a will and instructions on what should be done with any business, and personal property long before any diagnosis is made or if the client is in good health.
DOES A DOULA SIGNIFY RELIGION?
Having a Doula does not signify any particular religion. A Doula will be most concerned with making sure your religious beliefs are always honored. They care for the emotional and spiritual needs of those in their final phase of life and their loved ones. Beliefs and rituals of the client are always supported and respected
WHAT IS A HEALTHCARE PROXY OR POA?
A HealthCare Proxy or Power of Attorney is someone you trust. For Example, a family member or close friend, to make healthcare decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. By appointing a HealthCare Agent, you can make sure that healthcare providers follow your wishes. Your agent can also decide how your wishes apply as your medical condition changes. Ingrid can help prepare advanced directives, these documents can include Dementia and Mental Health Concerns.
IS A DOULA THE SAME AS HOSPICE?
No. An End-of Life Doula and Hospice are two distinct entities, but can work together in concert. Hospice is more concerned with optimizing medical care with a terminal illness. Whereas a Doula specializes in logistics, planning, and facilitating your needs.