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End-of-Life Doulas and Home Funeral Guides

Local End-of-Life Doulas and Home Funeral Guides

End-of-life doulas assist in the dying process, much like a midwife or doula does with the birthing process. The role of the end-of-life doula can supplement and go beyond hospice. Practitioners perform a large variety of service, including creating life reviews and death plans, and providing spiritual, psychological, and social support before and just after death. Their role can also include more logistical activities, helping with services, planning funerals and memorial services, and guiding mourners in their rights and responsibilities.

Using an end-of-life doula or home funeral guide is never mandated or legally required.  Families can and do plan and carry out home funerals themselves. However, if you are looking for help and advice before, during, or after the death of a loved one, you may choose seek out advice from a doula or guide. Home funeral guides do not conduct after-death care as do licensed funeral directors. Guides teach, demonstrate, advise and support families and friends who then conduct their own care and make their own informed decisions.

There is currently no national accrediting body overseeing end-of-life doulas (also known as death midwives), or home funeral guides. There is no nationally approved “certification.” Many organizations are offering training and certification, but be aware that the quality can vary significantly between programs.

Some end-of-life doulas and home funeral guides volunteer their time, and others charge an hourly fee.

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Find a list of national death doulas and home funeral guides here.

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