The term ‘doula’ refers to a person who helps a mother through a big reproductive event, like birth or still birth.
But ‘doula’ has also since been expanded to mean helping someone with the opposite of birth — death.
Australia has 3.7 million people who are 65 and older, a number set to double in the next 40 years. This means that death doulas could soon be rising in number.
A doula performs a non-medical and supportive role.
Doulas who help the dying perform tasks aimed at helping someone die peacefully. Their work can include helping people to organize their wills, sustainable burial options, even decluttering their house.
Death doulas can be especially helpful for people who have no family or friends to be with them when they pass.
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