Death doula

On January 25th I posted What is a death doula? and on January 31, I read this excellent article on end-of-life care in the Green Bay Press Gazette.

I think it is such an important story that I had share it with you. I find it disturbing that talking about death and dying has become such an uncomfortable or even forbidden topic in our country.

None of us will get out of this world alive. Death is a natural part of life, so let’s recognize death as a natural, accepted, and honored part of life.

I am honored that Kelley T. Woods and I are hosting the Doulagivers End of Life Certification course.

This training empowers individuals to embrace the concept of community; caring for each other at the end of life.

You too can learn the skills of how to care for a dying loved one. This was something that was handed down generation-to-generation 100 years ago. Help us bring this skill back and change the world.


Death doula

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His wife of 73 years was dying. A 'death doula' eased the way for her and his family

Green Bay Press Gazette, by Liz Welter, January 31, 2018: “Similar to a doula who cares for and supports a woman through her pregnancy, an end-of-life doula supports a patient and the family through the dying process, said Marggie Hatala, a registered nurse and end-of-life doula in Door County.

Hatala also is a certified trainer for Doulagivers End of Life Elder Care Training Program and founded Doula Givers of Door County more than a year ago to offer free seminars about end-of-life care and also the training for certification as an end-of-life doula — or, as it is sometimes known, a “death doula.”

The end-of-life doula is there to listen and develop a relationship with the patient that transcends the illness and may last days, weeks or years depending on the prognosis, Hatala said.

“Dying and death has become institutionalized, that everyone dies in a hospital or nursing home,” Hatala said. “Most people want to die at home and they don’t want to die alone.

‘People are awakening to the fact that there is a way to have a good death.'”

Read His wife of 73 years was dying. A ‘death doula’ eased the way for her and his family

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