End-of-life care can be a difficult and emotional time for both the person transitioning and their loved ones. The support and care provided during this time can have a profound impact on their experience. As an end-of-life doula, I have seen firsthand the power of presence and compassion in providing comfort and solace to individuals and families during the end-of-life journey.
What is Presence?
Presence is the act of being fully engaged and focused on the person in front of you. It involves giving your full attention to the present moment and being attuned to the needs and feelings of the individual.
As a death doula, my role is to provide a calm and compassionate presence. I am listening to needs and feelings of the person transitioning. Just creating a safe space for someone to feel can make a huge difference. Through connecting with our deepest feelings we can uncover what is sometimes at the source of fear or distress and create space for healing. Through my presence I aim to create a sense of safety and none judgment to express all feelings and possibly embark on a path of healing.
What is Compassion?
Compassion is the act of showing kindness and empathy towards others. In end-of-life care, compassion involves being attuned to the emotional and spiritual needs of the individual and their loved ones. It is about caring in a way that involves emotional support and guidance, as well as providing practical assistance and resources.
The Benefits of Presence and Compassion
Presence and compassion have many benefits in end-of-life care. By providing a calm and compassionate presence, I can help create a sense of safety and comfort for the individual and their loved ones. This can support in reducing the stress, fear and anxiety that often accompanies the end-of-life journey.
As a death doula, I am committed to providing this kind of care and support to all those who are navigating the end-of-life journey. By being fully present and showing compassion, I can help to make this time as peaceful as possible for all involved.