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"?
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