End-of-life planning includes the preparation of any legal documents, arrangements, or projects that you create to offer guidance to your loved ones and care providers at the end of your life, and after your death. End-of-life planning can happen at any stage of your life, and at any age! We recommend that you begin your planning as early as possible and revisit your plans every few years to make any updates, changes, or additions that are needed or desired. Knowing that your wishes and desires are documented in writing can provide a sense of relief to both you and your loved ones. End-of-life planning is a gift that you make to those you leave behind.
The word ‘doula’ comes from the Greek word for ‘helper’ or ‘woman who serves’. An End-of-Life Doula (or Death Doula, Death Midwife, End-of-Life Midwife) is someone who provides a compassionate presence at the end-of-life. Doulas provide emotional and spiritual support, and advocate for clients' wishes. We can be bridges between clients and their families and the medical support system, as well as friends and family. Some doulas are also home funeral guides and can incorporate that planning into their work with clients. Doulas adapt their work to fit within whatever spiritual or religious traditions that the client prefers.
Doulas are not medical professionals. We do not replace medical end of life care, such as doctors, nurses or other medical providers.
The Ritual Bough offers a variety of end-of-life planning and doula services.
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