What is an EOL Doula?
I am an End of Life Doula. I seek to help those who are dying and their families as well. In our culture we’ve been taught to fear death and have been discouraged from talking about anything even related to the natural ending of a human life. Because our modern American society is so removed from what death looks like and because healthcare has been almost exclusively concerned with prolonging life at all costs, the completely predictable end of a human being’s lifespan has devolved to feel mysterious and somewhat accidental, unnecessarily scary, and almost devoid of any deeper meaning. It is only by examining that which scares us the most that we can begin to understand and move past the fear and attempt to glean some significance from our shared experiences.
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