Today Americans are living longer, this means the average dying process is becoming more gradual, often requiring the need for palliative and hospice care.
As such, demand is increasing for “Death Doulas,” who act as advocates and guides, walking side by side with others on their end-of-life journeys.
An End-of-Life Doula or a Death Doula is a non-medical professional trained to care for a terminally ill person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during the transition from life to death. We are also referred to as “end-of-life coaches,” “soul midwives,” “death midwives,” or “transition guides.”
Death Doulas are a part of an emerging movement in palliative and hospice care focused on tempering the suffering and enriching the experiences of people grappling with serious illnesses. Unlike other end-of-life professionals, we do not provide health care. Instead, we work collaboratively within the healthcare system to offer holistic support to our clients and their loved ones.
A Death Doula’s work might involve sitting beside the dying, reading to them, or comforting them with a massage. We also work with families on end-of-life planning, helping with simple household duties, and easing anxiety by helping family members talk openly about death. Our goal is to bridge the gap between medical professionals and patients to bring individualized comfort to the patient and their families.
We are meeting the growing demand across the United States for end-of-life doulas by connecting skilled death doulas with patients and their loved ones as they navigate the emotional, mental, and spiritual journey of dying and grieving. All of our skilled death doulas have been carefully vetted and trained to provide optimal care to clients wherever there is need.
Divine Death Doulas was founded by Charon Collier, a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 10 years of personal experience as a Hospice Volunteer. During this time, she received overwhelming demand from patients for her work. She immediately recognized the tremendous value and healing power of her work as an end-of-life worker.
Charon’s vision moving forward was to put Death Doulas in every city and town nationwide by building a service that would connect qualified end-of-life doulas with palliative and hospice care services. She also wanted to provide a way for palliative and hospice care teams to recommend trusted death doulas to the families they serve for additional support services for their loved ones.
Divine Death Doulas’ goal is to clear the way to a good death experience for anyone transitioning from this life. We are doing the work that makes a difference.
If you aspire to become a Divine Death Doula, we welcome you to consider joining us! Please submit your information to join our team.