Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Doula?


The word “doula” refers to a woman serving another woman. Doulas are commonly known
as birthing doulas or midwives.




What is the role of an End of Life Doula, Death Doula?


The role of an end-of-life doula, also called "death doula" is to guide clients through a peaceful transition during their
last moments of life.
End of life Doulas (Death Doulas) are trained individuals providing holistic services for anyone in need of palliative care or end of life care. Services include a range of support from the advance care planning to end of life care planning. End of life doulas respect and facilitate sensitive conversations between clients, caregivers, family members, and the clinical team.




How do I know when its time to hire an End of Life Doula?


  • When a non-judgmental person is needed to facilitate choices and decisions about end of life care.
  • When fear, anxiety and family dynamics creates chaos in the environment.
  • When one is diagnosed to be near the end of life and caregivers need help with caring for their love ones.
  • When one is living with a terminal illness and does not know what to expect.
  • When preparation of advance care planning, legacy planning, vigil planning and post-planning need to be created to let family members and the care team know your last wishes.
  • When there is no support or limited family support.
  • When grief needs to be adequately processed to begin the process of healing.




What are some of the benefits of hiring an End of Life Doula, or Death Doula?





What is the difference between an End of Life Doula and Home Care Agency?


End of life doulas primary services focus on providing end of life supportive care to individuals living with a terminal or chronic illness and supporting their family members. End of life doulas create sacred spaces in homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and virtual spaces conducive to the clients’ needs.

Home care agencies do not specialize in end of life care.




What is a Vigil plan?


A vigil plan is an informal set of instructions stating the client’s preferences as to what should take place during and after the final hours of life. Vigil plans can include a requested playlist, guided imagery, poetry, reading, touching, singing and rituals.




Are End of Life Doulas services covered by insurance?


Currently, End of Life Doula services are fee-based and not covered by Medicare or any other insurance provider.




How does Doula by Destiny charge for their services?


Some sevices have fixed rates and others are packages for the uniqueness of the client wishes.




Is the End of Life Doula role the same, different, or an expansion of Hospice Care?


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