An End of Life Doula is someone who accompanies the dying person and their loved ones through the final months, weeks and days of life by offering non-medical, emotional support and companionship. A Doula will foster a safe and supportive relationship and will start the conversations that will identify the emotional, spiritual and physical wishes for end of life so that when the person is no longer able to express their wishes there is no guessing involved.

Just as a birth doula (or midwife) helps mothers bring their newborns into the world, end of life doulas bring comfort and support to those who are dying. A doula brings a quiet and powerful presence assisting in one of life’s sacred passages. Having such a presence can ease suffering and make the process less frightening for both the person who is dying and for those around them.

We will be talking about what an End of Life Doula is, share some of the support services provided by Doulas,  and will discuss the benefits to the dying person and their loved ones by having a Doula.  We will share our experiences of being present when someone is actively dying and open up for a discussion for everyone to participate in and an opportunity to ask questions and share as a group.

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Lori Krause is a life, death and grief guide. Her compassionate and comforting energy provides her clients with unconditional support, guidance, understanding and healing. Her personal experience with love, loss, grief and healing guided her to become an end of life doula. She is passionate about empowering, supporting and advocating for people on their journey of living, dying and grieving. Lori is a member of INELDA (International End of Life Doula Association), she is a Grief Support Facilitator with the Elizabeth Hospice Bereavement Program and a Hospice Volunteer.

Anita Neff is an independent and personal provider for home health care needs and has been in the health-care profession for more than twenty years. She provides elder care support, is a client advocate and an End-of-life Doula. Anita has a B.S. in Health Science, has her Home Care Aid license with the State of California, is a member of INELDA (International End Of Life Doula Association), NEDA (National End-Of-Life Doula Alliance) and DoulaGivers. Anita is also a Certified Nurses Assistant and has completed multiple certifications for End-Of-Life Doula service. The San Diego Union Tribune recently interviewed Anita for an article about work as an End-Of-Life Doula.

Clients choose Anita because of her integrity, promptness, ability to communicate, great work ethic and breadth of experience