End-of-life doula training took place here recently
I am an ordained minister and the executive director of Doorway Into Light, a nonprofit organization here on Maui that has been providing education, support, counsel and care to the dying and their families since 2006. I have offered classes at the university here, the senior center, churches and community organizations. Our organization works closely with the State of Hawaii, local hospices, religious organizations, funeral homes and community nonprofits. We operate a nonprofit educational resource center and store here on Maui.
Our third annual International Death Doula Training here on Maui was just completed on April 29.
One hundred people from around the world gathered here for five days to increase their knowledge and skills in the spiritual, emotional, psychological and logistical support of the dying and their families. They were nurses, hospice nurses and volunteers, social workers, therapists, chaplains, ministers and lay people.
Many continue on in our practicum program in their communities.
The end-of-life doula, or death doula, is an emerging field of professionals bringing skills to communities across the country to compliment and supplement current care options at the end of life.
It felt important for me to share this, given the May 5 story in this paper casting suspicion over an end-of-life doula, a term few have heard of to this point.