WHAT IS AN END-OF-LIFE DOULA?
An End-of-Life Doula provides support to a patient or their family before, during and after the final phase of life. We help with all the details and will continue to stay connected to the loved ones.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN I PUT INGRID ON MY TEAM?
I help to create a team of support whether you have family or not. We will take a loving approach to putting a plan in place at any point in the process that respects your wishes. Ingrid specializes in building your legacy, making sure your wishes will be met, providing Peace of Mind.
Hospice is medical care to help someone with a terminal illness live as well as possible for as long as possible, increasing quality of life as well as an interdisciplinary team of professionals who address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress focused on both the dying person and their entire family. The Hospice Team puts comfort care in place, and ensures each patients medical needs are met
IS A DOULA ONLY FOR THE VERY OLD OR VERY SICK?
End of life doulas typically work with the terminally ill but most doulas including Ingrid will work with anyone at any age, whether terminal or just going through a major life change.
IS A DOULA RELIGIOUS?
They can be, but they are most concerned with making sure the 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. Most doulas will reach out to the resources of any religion or lack thereof to make sure that client’s wishes are always 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 health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. By appointing a health care agent, you can make sure that health care providers follow your wishes. Your agent can also decide how your wishes apply as your medical condition changes.
ARE DOULAS A TYPE OF HEALER?
Some doulas are trained in various forms of healing, such as Reiki energy work, chakra balancing, massage, shamanic or native work. They will not provide medical assistance. However if these services mentioned or similar services interest a client and are out of scope of the doula’s training, the doula will assist in locating practitioners who do provide these services.
WHO NEEDS A 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 employ a doula to facilitate a friend and family meeting and help to support those as they hear the news. Some clients choose to employ 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.
IS A DOULA THE SAME AS HOSPICE?
No, A doula and Hospice are two distinct things but that does not that they cannot work in concert. Hospice is more concerned with the medical side of the things whereas a doula’s specializes in logistics, planning, comforting and facilitating,
CAN I HIRE A DOULA FOR SOMEONE ELSE?
Yes. Call now for an consultation and see if Ingrid is the right answer.
WHEN DO YOU START WORKING WITH A DOULA?
People begin working with doulas at key milestones throughout life. Some begin when they receive a terminal diagnosis or are facing life-ending illness. Some choose to document their final wishes during mid-life before when they are still well and comfortable making these decisions. Others begin as a caregiver and bring in a doula to assist with a loved one or family member. If you are already facing a life-ending diagnosis, a doula can assist with completion of your vigil plan, making legacy projects and performing a life review, and after-death planning for a service, eulogy and obituary.
DO YOU HAVE TO USE A DOULA THE ENTIRE TIME YOU’RE ILL UNTIL YOU DIE?
No. You may remain in touch after your initial planning sessions and resume connection at any time. Those with robust support systems may not need doula services once plans have been established and wishes documented.
IS A DOULA DONE ONCE A PERSON DIES?
End of life doulas are trained to provide support before, during and after the dying process. There is comfort in continuing to receive support from someone who has been with you during the difficult end of life times.