"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi
Valley Hospice offers a unique End-of-Life Doula (EOLD) Program that connects specially-trained volunteers with patients to determine their wishes for the end of their lives, and to provide a compassionate presence when families may need the most support. Specially trained staff and volunteers are available to help the patient and their family plan for the end of their illness that includes legacy work and vigil planning. They will provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones.
Doulas meet with the patient and their families approximately three times beforehand to develop an individualized vigil plan that specifies their final wishes. They will remain present throughout the entire process to help ensure that the patients’ needs and wishes are met, while helping to ease their loved ones’ anxieties and fears.
The End-of-Life Doula program helps people fulfill their wishes through the engagement of passionate volunteers who go above and beyond to help patients experience their final days to the fullest and affirm their life while also helping the families experience a sense of closure.
Valley’s Doulas are there to provide a compassionate presence throughout the final days and hours of life, supporting and guiding the patient and family in a way that brings the greatest sense of calm possible.
The Doulas help family and friends understand the many changes that will occur during the dying process, and later, they will help the family process the experience and work through any feelings that might complicate their grieving.
As noted, this program is staffed by volunteers and therefore cannot be provided to every patient. But please speak with us if you are interested in this valuable program.