Frequently Asked Questions
End-of-life doulas offer invaluable support during life's most profound moments,
but this profession can be unfamiliar to many. If you have questions about how my services can assist you and your loved ones, explore these FAQs. I'd love to explore how I can support your needs during a complimentary 30-minute discovery call.
What is an end-of-life doula?
An end-of-life doula is a trained non-medical professional who focuses on the needs of the dying person and their loved ones. Doulas are trusted friends providing emotional and spiritual support, education about the dying process, bereavement support, life review, legacy, vigil planning, funeral planning, and family support.
Do I have to have a life-limiting diagnosis to work with you?
Absolutely not! There are no specific criteria required to collaborate with a end-of-life doula. Starting the process early rather than waiting for later stages is recommended. Whether you or someone you love has received a life-limiting or "terminal" diagnosis, even if the prognosis spans years, we encourage you to reach out whenever you feel ready to begin discussions and planning. Individuals without known diagnoses also find tremendous value in working with end-of-life doulas, creating advance directives, facilitating challenging conversations, and managing death anxiety. Don't hesitate to reach out, and let's embark on this journey together.
Do end-of-life doulas work with hospice?
Yes – doulas are supplementary and complementary support. Anyone who has had a loved one on hospice knows that the number of hours of care is often limited due to staffing, budgeting, and needs assessment. Doulas often work alongside hospice.
Does insurance cover your services?
No, end-of-life doulas are private pay. While insurance currently does not cover my services, please know that I am committed to finding solutions that work for you. I offer a sliding scale option to ensure that financial concerns do not hinder receiving the care and assistance you deserve. This helps me to serve as many people who want care as possible. Please reach out and discuss your specific needs, and we can work together to ensure that my services are within your reach.
What does your NEDA EOL Doula Proficiency Badge mean?
The National End-of-Life Doula Alliance created the NEDA proficiency assessment as a way for doulas to demonstrate what they know. Achieving the NEDA proficiency badge signifies that I completed the assessment and met specific end-of-life doula core competencies and standards.
Where do end-of-life doulas practice?
I go wherever needed, whether in your home, a facility where your loved one lives, or the hospital. I practice primarily in Pennsylvania's Montgomery, Delaware, Chester, and Bucks counties. I prefer to travel an hour or less because that keeps me more accessible.