In February 2016, I trained to be an end-of-life doula in Brisbane. Most people are familiar with the concept of a birth doula – someone who helps a mother as she welcomes a new baby into this world. An end-of-life doula (also known as death midwives, midwives to the soul, transition guides, psychopomps, and thanadoulas), on the other hand, accompanies a person  on his or her way out of this world. (I will be focussing on doing the same service usually working with pets who have 18 months or less in which to live).

I offer planning, education, coaching and facilitation to fully support your end-of-life choices for your pets.

I help your pets have the highest quality of life possible right up to the end.

Why is it important to pay attention to the end-of-life stage for our pets? 

We talk about every other stage of life but shut down about the end stage, not just for the pet experiencing it but also for the pet guardian, family and friends in mourning. Grieving becomes a separate place because it’s too painful and awkward for the community to bear witness. That’s so isolating. The more people are open to talking, listening and engaging with it, the more enriched our society will become.

How does this relationship with a “death doula” help your pet who is dying?

The doula gets to know the individual pet beyond his or her illness. I “listen” to their pain, share in their interests, or sit silently without agenda, getting to know them at a stage of life when most pets are not making new friends.  (I also provide a similar service to the dying pet’s primary guardian and family.)

Some end-of-life doulas will sit with families and offer support as the pet is dying. Others have also been called to “the bedside” of the pet who has already died. For example, one end-of-life doula sat beside one man who had been dead 5 hours, while the family drove to the hospital.

How can I help?

My goal is to assist you in making plans early in your life for what you would like done as you come to your pet’s end-of-life. I can help you write up those plans, get organized, have the conversation with your family and support network, connect you with resources you may need along your journey and be there to support your pet & you in the dying process and into the final resting of the pet’s body and the healing process of the ones left behind.

Medical
Though I do not provide medical care, I am happy to help connect you to the resources you need.

Timing
You don’t have to have a pet at the end-of-life to use my “death doula for pets” service. It is best to have your thoughts and plans about the future well defined and redefined as you go through all stages of life with your pets.

 

Death Midwives provide the dying person with individualized care uniquely suited to their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. They are a non-medical supportive companion and guide to assist the dying person toward a more conscious dying experience.  A Death Midwife usually offers a variety of options and seeks to minimize unnecessary interventions at the end of life.

 

The Investment

  • Once-off consultation (1.5-2 hours) $297
  • Companion for your pet whilst it transitions  $97
  • Other services available as needed and upon negotiation

 

“I’m always willing to negotiate if people have a hardship with finances ! Please get in touch. “

 

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