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An End-of-life Doula is a non-medical professional that provides holistic support to the dying and their loved ones before, during, and after death. Trained in the various end-of-life stages, a Doula is able to assist the family with understanding the natural processes, while providing comfort and support.
At Courageous Goodbyes® we support the dying person as they make decisions about their end of life care plan. This plan communicates and details how they want their last months, days and hours to be lived to their loved ones.
The Doula offers assistance in creating a positive, sacred and relaxing environment for the person facing death according to their wishes in their home, at the hospital, hospice or care facility.
The Doula will remain present to the dying person and their loved ones throughout the final dying process. Be their consistent, reassuring and supportive presence. Offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to the entire family. immediately after their loved one dies, in the days that follow and beyond.
Absolutely! MAID is a legal choice in Canada for those who meet the eligibility criteria.
Courageous Goodbyes® would be honored to provide the non-medical practical, emotional and spiritual support to those who invite us to journey alongside them. We respect the courage it takes to come to this decision and the resilience to work through the myriad of emotions endured to pursue the legal right to choose when, where and how the last breath will be taken.
The word spiritual is often confused with the word religion. For some people the two meanings overlap, while for others there is no connection at all.
For Courageous Goodbyes®, it's being fully present to those we serve and their loved ones. It's listening without judgement or simply being a comforting presence when they prefer to sit in silence.
For those facing the end of their life, it's helping them to finish the unfinished. It's supporting them as they reflect and reconcile the meaning of their life. It's encouraging them to recall and feel pride in their big and small achievements.
It's helping families to come to terms with preparing for the end-of life-transition and death. It's supporting and empowering them as they face their fears, seek peace of mind and reconciliation for unresolved issues.
It's enabling them to have the courage to live their final months, weeks and days with the focus on living and experiencing the best day possible that includes joy and laughter, with the love and support of family, friends, their medical team and End-of-Life Doula.
The National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) is a non-profit membership organization for End-of-Life Doulas and Trainers in the United States and from around the globe. NEDA was created because currently there is no overseeing legal entity regulating this non-medical profession.
Through a year long collaboration process with consultation from the USA's National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's (NHPCO) End-of-Life Doula Council, NEDA created a Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies to guide end-of-life doulas and trainers. These documents also address the questions raised from medical institutions and hospices about the role of an End-of-Life Doula.
The National End-of-Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) Proficiency Badge is a micro credential awarded to End-of-Life Doulas from around the globe who successfully pass the NEDA assessment. It validates to families the End-of-Life Doula has demonstrated in the assessment a mastery level skill set, in-depth knowledge and comprehension of the required subject matter and role based on NEDA's measurable standards incorporated in the assessment. In addition a Proficiency Badge from NEDA signifies to hospice and palliative care organizations the confidence they can have when hiring or making referrals to these End-of-Life Doulas working in the field.
Beverley Shiels from Courageous Goodbyes® earned the NEDA Proficiency Badge validating she has in-depth knowledge and expertise in the field. Meets the professional standards and core competencies set by NEDA and acknowledged by the NHCPO in the USA.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that can promote healing.
The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy." Therefore, Reiki can be defined as a "spiritually guided life force energy."
An attuned Reiki practitioner is a conduit for this "spiritually guided life force energy." With the gentle laying-on of hands some recipients can feel a warm or cooling flow of energy resting on them or moving through and around them. Whether a person is sensitive to this flow of energy or not; Reiki treats the whole person, leaving them with a sense of well being and relaxation.