End-of-Life Doula Program


Support People at the End of Life

Just as a birth doula brings greater comfort and meaning to the process of labor, Hackensack University Medical Center end-of-life doulas will do the same for patients and their loved ones experiencing serious illness, especially during their active dying process. 

Our doulas are specialty trained volunteers who support life and provide compassionate presence when patients and families need it most. Our doulas are passionate about supporting patient and families through this sacred journey by affirming life.

Doulas help our patients by:

  • Providing an opportunity for companionship and presence, bearing witness to patients’ unique journeys
  • Exploring and preserving the stories, wisdom, and messages that give life meaning through legacy projects that families can treasure forever.
  • Planning for what patients want to see, hear, and feel around them in the last days.
  • Creating and using guided visualization and ritual for added comfort and meaning.

Doulas help our families by:

  • Easing caregiver burden; encouraging them to get the rest they need from the exhausting demands of caregiving.
  • Bring present during the dying process.
  • Assisting with bereavement resources.

End of Life Doula Training includes 12 dedicated hours to support the doula’s learning process.

Upcoming EOL Doula Training Dates:

  • Saturday, February 4 and Sunday, February 5 
  • Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 

Training session are from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day and take place at the John Theurer Cancer Center first floor conference room.

If you are interested in this valuable service or would like to learn more, please call 551-996-2442.

This special program is achievable based on volunteer availability.

Download/print flyer here.


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