death doula

May. 8th, 2009 08:34 pm
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I've heard a lot about birth doulas and postpartum doulas, but "death doula" was foreign to me until about an hour ago. Much like the aforementioned mom-oriented doulas, death doulas are support persons who assist in the other major transition in life.

I've considered becoming a birth doula and I think I'd be good at it. I don't know if I could hack the death doula role, but I'm glad there are people out there who can. Kinda makes me sad though- both of these roles used to be filled by members of one's community. Now, they're paid positions.

What went wrong? How did our community slip so terribly? In recent times, I can see how the internet might have played a part in it, but this goes back so much further...

And, more importantly, can we get it back? Or will care positions remain relegated to the status of "another luxury only the 'haves' can afford"?

Date: 2009-05-10 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emilyj3580.livejournal.com
how interesting! Never heard of this before but it sounds great. This is an area where support is so essential.

Date: 2009-05-10 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emilyj3580.livejournal.com
I do think that this is similar to grief counciling. In death everyone close to you who would be your support is also affected. It would be nice to have an outside source and unbiased opinion who can be a shoulder to cry on and someone to express your grief to who is not wrapped up in the situation.

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