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End of Life Doula

Death is not a topic that not many people want to talk about. As a result, end of life preparations and decisions are put off until often it is too late. However, that is all about to change with the advent of End of Life Doulas. A doula trained in childbirth provides emotional, physical and educational support to mothers throughout the birthing process. The doula’s purpose is to help mothers have a safe, memorable and empowering birthing experience.

The doula approach to death emphasizes thoughtful planning for how the last days should look, sound, and feel and calls for around-the-clock vigil care, which provides emotional and spiritual support for both the dying person and their loved ones.

End of Life Doulas also offer opportunities to explore the meaning of a life and to convey that meaning through legacy work. Legacies may take the form of a book, a box, a scroll or a series of letters, a quilt or a fabric wall hanging, a construction in wood, a mosaic made from broken crockery, an audio recording or a video. The form a legacy takes is limited only by the imagination and creativity of the people who fashion it.

Threadgill’s Memorial Services is a member of International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and the National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA).

More information on End of Life Doulas:

  • Caring for the Dying
    The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death by Henry Fersko-Weiss
  • Accompanying the Dying
    Practical, Heart Centered Wisdom for End of Life by Deanna Cochran

Threadgill’s Memorial Services, LLC
Phone: 503-526-3952
4815 SW Jamieson Road, Beaverton, OR


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