Carolina Memorial Sanctuary

Photo: Mourning Dove studios

Mills River, NC

White Eagle Memorial Preserve

Photo: GROUNDED

Goldendale, WA

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About death doulas

A death midwife or death doula is a person who assists in the dying process, much like a midwife or doula does with the birthing process.

It is often a community-based role, aiming to help mourners cope with death through recognizing it as a natural and important part of life. The role is also related to hospice or end of life care, similarly to how midwifery is to obstetrics. Practitioners perform a large variety of services, including but not limited to creating death plans, providing spiritual, psychological, and social support, and in rare instances, physical assistance. Their role can also include more logistical activities, helping with services, planning funerals and memorial services, and guiding mourners in their rights and responsibilities. (Wikipedia)

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"Looking mortality straight in the eye is no easy feat. To avoid the exercise, we choose to stay blindfolded, in the dark as to the realities of death and dying. But ignorance is not bliss, only a deeper kind of terror."

— Caitlyn Doughty
from "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," p. Ix