An End-of-Life Doula ... is a 'person of service' ...
We are all travelling in the same direction ... toward our end-of-life, however, for many this is a very confronting thought. As a society, we are not very 'death' literate, we tend to avoid talking about death, dying, or even making plans for this inevitable, beautiful transition in life.
Talking about death, making your personal choices known, planning for what you want before, during and after death is very empowering and helps you accept your mortality. Being prepared and having everything in place ... is the secret that allows you a new freedom to get on with living.
What does an End of Life Doula service provide?
Along with community education, this non-medical role cares and supports the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are dying and their families.
Getting Organised ...
* assistance with getting personal affairs in place
* Advance Care Planning to support future decision making
* having open conversations about end-of-life and death
helping you to explore the options available and plan a funeral / celebration of life that is authentic to you
* education - building community awareness, through open conversation, about all the options available when planning for the end-of-life process and death.
Working Beside You ...
* establish a calm, caring and compassionate environment for you and your family
* in home support for those who would like to be in the comfort of their own home during the end-of-life stage
* co-ordinate access to necessary services and resources
* 'Be there for you' to listen and talk with open, honest communication
* help with stress relief techniques
* liaise with your medical & care team to help ‘bridge any gaps’ and ensure continuity of care and quality of life
* encourage self-efficacy and self-advocacy for you and your family to implement your needs & wishes
* compassionate care for you and your family during and through the end-of-life process
* healing touch and vigil for a peaceful transition.
Support with death care
* respectful after death support for families who wish to have time with their loved one at home
* assistance for those who wish to participate in after death body care and preparation
* help with funeral planning, celebration of life or ritual planning and/or Do It Yourself funerals
* ensuring your wishes are fulfilled
* compassionate support and /or counselling for family members during their time of grief.
"There is a lot of change happening around how people are considering their options for end of life and death. They want this time in their life to be more personal and meaningful than what traditional ways have offered. With the growing awareness of the availability of End-of-Life Doula services in Australia, more people are choosing to have this one to one personal service included in their end of life plan. This gives them peace of mind that they will have the support when they need it and that support will be there for their family when they need it".
There is no certainty of how young or how old, or when or how we are going to die. And there is no certainty that we will have the capacity to communicate our wishes and desires at the crucial time of needing medical care and at end-of-life. So, when we reach an age where we are responsible for ourselves, it is very important that we have our wishes clearly documented, so that everyone involved in our care team has clear guidance. We need to talk about our plans with our family, or those in the position to make decisions on our behalf, so they know what our wishes are.
ADVANCE CARE PLANNING SERVICE:
Not sure were to start with your Advance Care Plan and end of life wishes?
Safe conversations are a key part of the process and to have someone guide you through the process, can make it so much easier.
If you would like some help with your end-of-life planning, please call Marg on 0438 363 525 to make a time for this confidential service.