What do you call yourself? At CareDoula School of Accompanying the Dying we have adopted the suggestion of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) regarding how we refer to this role of the Independent
End-of-Life Practitioner. You can review it on their website at nedaalliance.org.
As it may warm my heart to call myself a Death Midwife or Transition Guide for example, the medical profession and the general public are accepting the title of
end-of-life doula. Presently, there are many names for us: Death Doula, End-of-Life Doula, Doula for the Dying, Soul Midwife, Midwife for the Dying, End of Life Midwife, Amicus, Deathwalker, Transition Guide, End of Life Guide, Death Coach, End of Life Coach, Transition Coach, Soul Doula, End of Life Practitioner, End of Life Specialist - the list goes on and on and on.
Do you see how this can leave all of us spinning in our own dust with no traction in a movement of people ready to serve? CareDoula School, in unity with NEDA asks you to consider that each of us uses 'end-of-life doula' in our SEO and in our explanation of our role and services in our marketing, regardless of how else we describe ourselves.
By doing so, we will gain traction and momentum within healthcare who refers to us and in the consciousness of the very people who need us.
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