Hundreds of individuals facing the end of life are not alone as a result of a relationship with a Doula volunteer. Our volunteers form meaningful connections in one visit, over weeks and over years that touch both of their lives.
The number of people facing the end of life without family or friends is startling.
Since 2001, The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort, a nonprofit organization, has been the only organization of its kind specializing in training, carefully matching and supervising Doula volunteers who visit individuals facing the end of life alone.
The Doula Volunteers visit individuals living at home, in nursing homes and in hospitals. Our volunteers visit weekly with one individual until he or she dies.
In addition to visiting in healthcare facilities and at home, our specially trained Palliative Care Doula Volunteers visit several individuals in hospitals.
The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort created the hospital based Palliative Care Doula Volunteer program in response to the needs of individuals with critical illness.
We have gained national and international respect for our work that has been recognized in the New York Times. Our professional staff, specialists in end of life care, prepare volunteers through intensive training, ongoing guidance and continuing education. The organization also provides consultation on customized Program implementation, training curriculum and programming for professionals on end of life issues.
ENDORSEMENT BY DR. IRA BYOCK:
"Community is more verb than noun. Community is continually created through mutually valued interactions that spring from a fundamental sense of connection.
The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort exemplifies the declaration that forms the elemental core of civilization: We matter to one another! In the doulas' simple, essential service – showing up, leaning forward – and their hosts' receptions, we become human.
As a teacher, I often pose the question: What would it look like to live in community with one another – rather than merely in proximity to one another – through illness and dying, caregiving and grieving? The Doula Program's trained volunteers are living the answer!"