I cannot think of a better day to have completed the first part of my training and trying to come up with a succinct "elevator pitch," to share what I do with people.
Death isn't a medical event.
Most people want to die at home and instead, end up in a hospital.
Waiting to plan for a medical emergency in a medical emergency is never a good idea.
Take the control now and plan the way you want things to be - don't leave it up to family who may be too distraught and confused to think clearly.
That is one of the reasons I am here. I can help.
When is this day celebrated? April 20
What is Death Doula Day? The day is set aside for Death Doulas to engage their communities bringing awareness to the profession and benefits for patients and families. An End of Life Doula is a non-medical person trained to care for someone holistically (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) at the end of life.
This day is created to raise awareness about the profession of Death Doulas and how they can benefit patients and families at end of life. Death Doulas provide the additional support that families need in order to feel comfortable with taking care of their dying loved one at home. They are non-medical professionals that provide holistic support for the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death. Trained in the various end of life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural processes while providing comfort and support. This is the day where all Death Doulas can rise together and be a voice for social change at end of life, ensuring everyone has he most positive passing possible.
How should this day be celebrated or observed? On Death Doula Day we encourage the conversation about the profession of Death Doulas. This can be done anywhere in anyway. Have fun with it! Post/tweet/market/share, have a discussion panel, show a documentary, give a training, host a Death Café – Anything to do with end of life.
I am in the process of creating a website for my End of Life Care business, Soar Eternally Free. I do already have an Instagram site soar_eternally_free but need to get the website logistics in order.
In the meantime I am always available here to answer any questions you may have concerning end of life care planning.
A little about myself:
I am an INELDA trained End of Life Doula.
I came to this work after the death of my brother and realized it would have been so much easier had we had someone to help walk us through the steps of death care while we were in a fog of disbelief and mourning. I plan on specializing in helping Veteran's and families of Sudden or Unexpected Deaths. My brother committed suicide and I know how devastating this situation is and how trying to navigate everything on your own can be almost impossible. I also realized that too many people are underserved and should not have to die alone.
I can help with advanced care planning - including advanced directives, vigil planning (how you want your last days to look and feel and sound like) and what medical treatments you may or may not want.
I can also help with Legacy projects -a great way to help you and your loved ones create a lasting memory of your legacy for future generations.
I also provide after-death grief work/reprocessing to the loved ones - this helps provide closure and a safe place to start the grief process.
Planning for the End of Life can be daunting, but not something you want to leave for a medical emergency. Take the control now and decide how you want those days to be.
What we do in life echoes in eternity
Soar Eternally Free/Christina Stone
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