End-of-life (EOL) Doulas are holistic, non-medical care providers to people and their families facing the end of life. An EOL Doula may provide practical support which may include planning, helping people find information to make decisions, and more practical home-based types of support.
What?!? You may be asking yourself. You did hear right. Dr. Jackie Yaeger is extraordinary in many ways as you will see below in our interview and her bio. I am so grateful she and I found each other and it has been my honor to work closely with her. I want you to know her too. You all know that I work with people from all backgrounds--about half are from the medical profession and half are not. Dr. Yaeger is embracing the end of life doula role in a powerful and beautiful way. Yes she is a physician, and Yes she is an end of life doula.
Will the roles become all mixed up?
No. The doula role is specific. So are the other roles which have a specific training and license or certification, i.e:
Meet Elizabeth, a massage therapist and end-of-life doula in private practice. She shares her story with us here of how she was a hospice volunteer and naturally came to develop her end of life private practice. She also shares about a new technique she developed for practitioners who
Strong spiritual leaders need support too in comforting their circles and guiding their tribe in the ways of accompanying the dying. Most of us are not confident in serving at the end of life unless we have had numerous special experiences or special training.
We dream. We know we are meant to serve others at the end of life. We play around with ideas how all we have accomplished in our lives will fit in with all we know and love to do--how can we pull this all