Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for a Peaceful End-of-Life Experience


Find answers to commonly asked questions about Spiritual Passings and the services provided by End-of-Life Doula Karni Syed.

A Death Doula, or End of Life Doula, or Death Midwife is a non-medical and holistic practitioner who guides individuals and their families through the dying process by way of presence, support, advocacy, education, and companionship. Just as birth doulas support mothers birthing a new life, a death doula supports individuals leaving this life into the next. 

Death Doulas are a calming and reassuring presence with knowledge of the death process, and a compassionate resource for families who may be overwhelmed and grieving at the impending death of their loved one. Death Doulas offer a variety of services to assist in the transition of dying, but are first and foremost a grounding, reliable, knowledgable and comforting presence during a most emotional time.

We highly recommend every individual and family facing a terminal illness and end of life to call their local hospice as soon as possible. Though our doula services do not replace hospice’s medical team of nursing and physician care, we complement hospice teams seamlessly. We offer more time, more personalized attention, more continuity at bedside, more advocacy, and more availability beyond what hospice is normally able to provide due to Medicare guidelines. Our extensive training exceeds what hospice volunteer programs provide as each of us have faced in depth our fears and emotions around death. We are trained and practiced to be with intense and difficult emotions. Our full-time presence and companionship at vigil and at death, our advocacy in hospitals or at home, our coaching to customize end-of-life care plans for spiritual, physical, practical and life review needs, and most of all, our consistent relationships with our clients are not a service offered anywhere else.

Death Doulas can be contacted at any time during the end of life process. The sooner the doula can enter into the process, the more time can be spent getting to know the individual and family, creating quality care plans, prioritizing end of life needs, and creating sacred space and meaning for the individual and family.

Because everybody deserves a good death

A Legacy Project is a way to bring comfort to the individual who is dying.  Designing a project that will ultimately be a piece of work that the individual leaves behind after they pass away can be therapeutic.  Many patients have said that it brought them a sense of peace and accomplishment at the end knowing they left behind something that marks their life achievements, values, beliefs and experiences.

A Vigil Plan is an outline created by the patient and/or family and loved ones describing the type of emotional and physical support they would like to receive in their final days.  This plan can include the atmosphere in the room.  Whether the setting is in a home, hospital or a hospice facility, the patient can choose to have music playing, fresh cut flowers, candles burning, and/or a specific  aroma.  The plan is customized to each patients preferences.  A ritual can be designed depending on spiritual and/or religious beliefs. Creating a personal guided visualization, and often  times, therapeutic touch has also been comforting at the end.

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How to Take the Next Step

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