Hospice Volunteers, End of Life Doulas & Loss from a Doula Perspective
An article on End of Life Doulas, Companions for the Dying or the Hospice volunteers who provide a loving presence for those at the end of life.
Definition of End of Life Doula
This article by Certified Birth Doula, Kimberly Packard-Beck, looks at loss at the beginning of life from a birth doula's point of view. It written as a resource for doulas to learn more about losses that may occur with birth and how to support to a client if she experienced a birth loss. It has been reprinted with her permission.
A 26 page downloadable PDF guide published by the Hospice Foundation of America that can be used as a helpful and inexpensive training aid for staff and volunteers of hospices and other end-of-life organizations.
Caregiving Connection, part of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, produced an 8 page brochure on Hospice Volunteers: Helping People LIVE. This online PDF File discusses some of the helpful things that volunteers can do as well as the many benefits of being a hospice volunteer.
The Doula to Accompany and Comfort Volunteer Program is a non-sectarian organization, part of the The Shira Ruskay Center, that trains volunteers who provide companionship and comfort for people at the end-of-life. Those served are people who have limited support from family and friends.