Cook County's End of Life Doulas are here to serve individuals who are at end of life by providing them with emotional, social, and spiritual support as they go through this final journey. The Doulas help people reflect on their life and support them in making decisions about how they want this last chapter to unfold so that it is done in a way that empowers, supports, and brings dignity and peace to this most sacred part of life.
Who We Are
(In photo from left) Jean Skeels, Margy Nelson, Pat Campanaro, and Suzanne Sherman are working as End of Life Doulas here in Cook County and in partnership with Care Partners. Click here for more info about our End of Life Doulas.
Doulas work in a number of ways to bring comfort and support to individuals, families, and the larger community around death and dying.
End of Life Care for Individuals and Families
Doulas serve people from early diagnosis all the way through to last breath and anywhere in between. It is never too early or too late to bring in a Doula. The primary focus is on supporting the dying person, but is inclusive of family and loved ones as well. Doulas continue to care for people as they navigate the grieving process as long as it is helpful and in the scope of their practice.
Click here to request Doula services or for more information
Education and Conversation about Death and Dying
Through Death Cafes, seminars, and workshops Doulas endeavor to destigmatize death and help people to have a greater understanding and more conscious relationship to mortality both for others and for themselves.
Death Cafe is an open and non-directed friendly conversation on the topic of death, typically over tea and cake or other refreshments. In this time of Covid-19 we have taken our Death Cafes to Zoom with success, and at a time when people are served by creating community around this topic more than ever.
Our next Death Cafe dates are November 19, December 17, and then the fourth Thursday of each month going forward.