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What are End-of-Life Doulas?

To many people, the word “doula” refers to a childbirth coach. But doulas aren’t only available for when life begins — they can help when life ends too.


End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care, from as early as initial diagnosis through bereavement.  

 

While you may never have heard of this position in the healthcare field, the emerging role of the end-of-life doula is gaining traction and helping transform how we approach end-of-life care in the United States and around the word. 

  • The National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA): NEDA is a membership organization that welcomes all doula practitioners, trainers, and interested parties, regardless of background or level of experience, to help us aspire to the highest standards for practicing end-of-life doula professionals.  READ MORE >>

The NEDA Doula Model of Care

The NEDA Doula Scope of Practice

The NEDA Doula Code of Ethics.

  • The NHPCO End-of-Life Doula Council provides information and resources to NHPCO, its members, affiliated organizations, and the general public to promote awareness and understanding of the end-of-life doula role. READ MORE >>

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