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The Role of Death Doulas



When most people hear the word “doula” they envision expectant mothers, babies and childbirth. While this traditional vision is accurate, a growing number of healthcare professionals are choosing to focus in a very different area of practice: End-of-life support. Specializing in end-of-life care, death doulas provide invaluable resources and comfort to the dying and their families.


Birth doulas have been providing vital support during childbirth for years, however according to the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) the official role of “death doulas” did not exist until 2003. This position is also referred to as “end-of-life doulas,” “mourning doulas,” and “death midwives.” HereToday highly recommends INELDA as a respected resource for those seeking additional information on this topic.


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