End-of-Life Doula Service

Death and dying are often difficult to talk about, especially in the face of a life-altering diagnosis.

Joy’s House is now offering End-of-life services, supporting people who are faced with a terminal diagnosis and in need of support and planning assistance or who would like help walking through the death and dying process.   

End-of-life services at Joy’s House have three components: 

  1. End-of-life doula services for dying individuals and their caregivers. 
  1. Network of like-minded professionals who work in the death and dying space. 
  1. Community events, leading people to become more comfortable talking about death and dying.   

Dying can be a complicated and uncertain experience. Having someone to support you along the way makes a difference. An end-of-life doula is someone who provides non-medical care and support for the dying person and their family and friends, walking them through the end of life.   

The National End of Life Doula Alliance (NEDA) defines an end-of-life doula as someone to “provide non-medical, holistic support and comfort to people preparing for, or experiencing end of life by offering education and guidance; emotional, social, and spiritual care; logistical and practical assistance, and more—before, during, and after death.”  

Joy’s House has trained, NEDA proficient end-of-life doulas on staff to work with individuals and families to navigate the death and dying process. This includes options such as: 

  • Legacy Planning and Life Review 
  • Planning a living funeral (celebration of life)  
  • Caregiver support   
  • Completing advanced directives  
  • Personal care services  
  • Vigil planning and holding vigil 
  • Bereavement support and grief work

In addition to this important service, Joy’s House is forming an alliance of end-of-life doulas, hospice workers, elder care attorneys, and other professionals in the death and dying space. If you are interested in this collaborative effort, please email doula@joyshouse.org. We would love to hear from you.  

Our next community event will be Death over Drafts on February 22nd from 5:30-7:30p.m. at Kismetic Beer Company, 201 S. Rural Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201. This event is designed to spark curiosity and conversation about death and dying in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Please join us!  

To learn more about what an end-of-life doula does visit asaging.org

If you would like to learn more about working with an end-of-life doula, please contact Abby Vincent at 317-254-0828 or email abby@joyshouse.org.

To learn more about Joy’s House Caregiver Support services and programs email info@joyshouse.org or call 317-254-0828.