Frequently asked questions
What is an End of Life Doula?
End-of-life doulas provides non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional and/or practical care.
Who will benefit from an End of Life Doula?
Anyone that is diagnosed with a terminal illness or has a family member diagnosed with a terminal illness. Anyone who is on their own without support at end of life. Elderly singles or couples that need extra support and guidance as advanced aging may begin to interfere with their ability to live independently.
How is an End of Life Doula different than Hospice?
End of Life Doulas are supportive to hospice; they do not take the place of hospice. There are progressive hospices in this country that actually have end-of-life doulas on staff within their organization. End of Life Doulas are with the patient and family more regularly, they can support hospice and be the eyes and ears when hospice is not there. They will provide education on disease process, what to expect and help patients and families plan and execute their final wishes for a peaceful passing. End of Life Doulas are non-medical managers that offer emotional support and guidance throughout the entire journey. The Hospice nurse is the medical manager with more limited scheduled visits.
Does anyone regulate the standards and scope of practice of End of Life Doula professionals?
Yes! The National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) has set a national practicum with Core Competencies for the profession. All End of Life Doulas that pass the assessment receive the NEDA Proficiency micro-credential. Stefani is a NEDA member and has been awarded these national professional End of Life Doula credentials.