Nobody should have to die alone unless they choose to do so. Nor should they have to die in hospital if they would rather die at home. That is where an End of Life Doula comes in. Also sometimes called a Soul Midwife or a Friend in Death, an End of Life Doula enables the dying person to have the best quality of life possible right up to the moment of death and to have the death they want. They can help to make dying at home a realistic option, by offering loving support, kindness, respect, dignity, as well as every kind of practical assistance.
End of Life Doulas can guide people through many decisions and choices that need to be made at the end of life, including advice about Wills and Powers of Attorney, digital legacies, financial matters, funeral plans, and care at home. Sometimes it is easier for a dying person to talk to someone other than a family member about their hopes, fears and wishes around death.
Hilary Peppiette, a Consultant in the Wills, Trusts & Executries team at McDougall McQueen, as well as a trained End of Life Doula, comments: “It's not always easy to talk about how you want the end of your life to be, but it's one of the most important conversations you can have. This isn't just about completing Wills, advance directives, and funeral plans. This is about you being the expert on your wishes. Not the doctors or nurses, not the funeral directors. You.”