I am a death doula who has done many years of broad health training and several years of serving those with cancer, at end of life and their loved ones.
As an end of life advocate my role is to smooth the sometimes frenetic and highly emotional stage of end of life. For family, loved ones and the person at end of life. If appropriate I help to get into place essential legal documents such as Advance Care Directive, Medical Treatment Decision Maker and power of attorney.
My support involves attending health specialist appointments, allied health meetings, taking notes, speaking on behalf of the person I am with.
Helping to create simple rituals, creative play involving young ones, and beloved animals. While what I do is non medical, it is person and lifestyle focused.
I also liaise with palliative care, this crossover can be very valuable. As a mindful meditation instructor, my massage experience and spiritual care experience in acute hospitals; this all focuses on person at end of life to help diminish the many challenges one can be faced with.