As a professional who is part of a doula network; I am very glad to see this article.
I am currently completing an End of Life certification program, but my focus is on awareness raising, trainings for professionals and lay-people, discussion groups on the topics of death, dying, and end of life (Food for Thought groups) and writing.
The word doula instinctively makes one think about birth and babies, but in this instance it is a death doula. A trained individual to be with people who are at the end of life. To sit with them, chat with them, to just be there. Some family members are working, out of town and a death doula can assist so that the person who is palliative or in hospice is not alone.
Thoughts on the idea?
Source: Helping create a better death is a new doula concept | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette