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Death and the Possibility for a Beautiful Transition

The reality is that nothing will always go as planned but planning for death is so important to us and we hope that A Point of Life, LLC will add value and support a personalized ritual and care plan of dying with dignity and honor. As well as allowing for an honest dialogue that creates a safe space to share belief systems of dying and death.

Our desire comes with a non-medical approach to best serve and to hold a space for the dying and their family during and after the sacred transition. To able to lend a hand of care emotionally and spiritually in the most meaningful capacity possible.

Death isn’t always about morbidity and sadness but together, we can plan for a space to create a beautiful transition of acceptance, love, and peace.

A Point of Life, LLC wants you to have an opportunity to have a meaningful life review, enter a sacred realm of peace and calmness, and die with dignity.

A Model of Grief And Understanding its Impact

The five stages of grief model as introduced by Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying:

  • Denial – the feeling that the loss can’t be real

  • Anger – rage at the loss

  • Bargaining – the impulse to try to “trade” away the loss (or the feelings of loss). May involve ruminating over what you could have done differently. With bereavement, often accompanies the feeling that “it should have been me instead”

  • Depression – feeling hopeless and sad about the loss

  • Acceptance – accepting that the loss has happened and that life will continue

Four Tasks of Mourning” created by William Worden. Per this model, grievers must accomplish four tasks:

  • Accepting that the loss has really happened

  • Working through the pain of the loss

  • Adjusting to the new environment

  • Maintaining a connection to the lost person/relationship/etc while moving forward with life

Frequently Asked Questions

Most associated with birth, the word “doula” is a Greek word meaning a non-medical person who gives physical, emotional, and spiritual support to someone else–in this case, to any person with a life-threatening illness.

EOL Doulas is a specially trained non-medical health care professional. They are specifically trained in all three phases of end-of- life care. Based on their extensive training, EOL doulas offers suggestions for comfort to the patient and family. They provide support to the family and patient during all phases of care. They are not home health aides; rather, they are professionals who guide the family and patient through the often times stressful journey. EOL Doulas can also provide respite care so you can run errands, go to church–even get a nap.

Yes. Hospice manages the care and the loved ones do the caring. The Hospice Nurse teaches the family how to care for their loved one. Hospice, unfortunately, has a very limited time that they can be at the bedside of the dying. The Doula will be used to fill in all the gaps in care for the elderly and those at the end of life. Hospice also supplies a muti-disciplined team of support and resources, including medication and equipment. The End of Life Doula will “guide” the family based on the Doulas extensive end of life education. The Doula will also assess the education and discuss what the loved ones understand on how to care for their loved one- a process that will change as the patient’s conditions change. The Doula may advise families to call Hospice to go over information regarding medication, administration and/or hands on care. The Doula typically works with one patient at a time in order to support both the patient and their loved ones through the entire end of life journey.

At the moment, medical insurance does not cover paid doula services. Service fees are based of the services offering with the EOL doula and patient agreement for in private homes, the EOL doula and families agree on acceptable tasks.

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Our focus as an End-of-Life Doula and mission is to cradle the dying person with compassion, kindness as we reframe the dying process together, consciously. If you are experiencing this, you don’t have to do it alone. Reach out to us today!