Death Doula FAQ

Death and dying can being up big emotions. At times we may lack the tools and coping skills to mange the wide range of emotions that can surface. Working with a death doula can help you manage your feeling, by offer space to express and explore the complexities at hand. Although talking is a primary method in this process art making and creative expression may also be helpful during the healing process. Working with a death doula can help you reframe and rebuild, and help you regain you sense of identity again.

What is a Death Doula?

Death Doulas are individuals who assist with the dying process. A family or individuals may seek out a death doula to be supported throughout the transition. Much like a doula who would support mamas, and families, during the birthing process, a death doula helps in the dying process. Death doulas support families with the grief associated with the loss of a loved one and help ensure that the death is meaningful. Death is the natural conclusion to life, the role of a death doula is to ensure all those involved are supported. 

Grief and loss affect us all. They may also be some of the trickiest emotions to cope with. Making space to talk and heal can be incredibly helpful in moving through these challenging emotions. Below are some common services provided by Death Doulas.

  • Vigil Planning and Support
  • Respite Relief for Family Caregivers
  • Companionship to Patients
  • Legacy Piece Making
  • Funeral and Memorial Services
  • Advance Health Care Planning
  • Art Therapy

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

-Chuck Palahniuk