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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The subjects of end-of-life care as well as the death and dying process understandably raise a lot of questions. If you don't see yours here, email The Purple Priestess and we'll do our best to respond as quickly as possible.

What is a death doula or end-of-life planner?

A death doula is a guide, or one who assists another in navigating life's final passage. While they do provide compassionate care and educational guidance regarding the process of death and dying, they are non-medical professionals and cannot by law provide such services. Doulas fill the time, education, and positive EOL gaps in hospice and palliative care, giving families valuable rest time and peace of mind throughout this important process.

How can a death doula or end-of-life planner help me?

Death is the #1 fear of most people today, yet it is a natural and even sacred experience. It's not a medical experience, but rather a human one. Doulas help patients and families to live "one beautiful little lifetime" each day, so they can take back control, heal any unresolved issues, physically progress from this world to the next during the transition phase, and work through grief issues proactively. Doulas and EOL caregivers establish a positive, nurturing environment that addresses a patient's (and family's) physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual needs.

What services are provided by a death doula or end-of-life planner?

According to the International End-of-Life Doula Association (INELDA), a doula and EOL planner:

  • Brings a focused and intuitive presence to the bedside.

  • Assists with physical and practical care to ease the burden on caregivers.

  • Provides respite for exhausted caregivers.

  • Explains the signs and symptoms of the dying process.

  • Processes the emotions and experiences with loved ones.

  • Supports the spiritual practices of all involved.

What qualifications are required to be a death doula or end-of-life planner?

Most doulas and EOL planners take intensive training from accredited programs such as Doulagivers™ Institute. In order to partner with hospices, doulas must also be awarded a Proficiency Badge from the National End-of-Life Alliance (NEDA). Look for at least one certification and the NEDA Proficiency Badge to ensure you're working with a recognized professional. In addition, some doulas are also ordained as clergy, although this is not a requirement.

Rev. Katina Z. Jones is a Doulagivers™ Care Consultant, which includes professional certification as an End-of-Life Doula, Death Doula, and End-of-Life Planner. She also holds a NEDA Proficiency Badge as well as a Ph.D. in metaphysical counseling and is an ordained non-denominational minister.

What if my loved one isn't dying, but I still need help?

We also provide companion services in our "Beloved Elders" Doula Package. This may include light household management, errand services, being a patient advocate at doctors' appointments, and meal preparation, among other small tasks. Mostly, it is about providing the assurance that someone who cares is there with your loved one when you cannot be.

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