The label of caregiver is one that is given to you as soon as your person receives a life-limiting diagnosis. It suddenly usurps any professional title you may have achieved, as well as those familial titles we hold so dear, such as wife, son, brother, husband, mother or daughter.
The caregiver is now expected to be a nurse, a personal care attendant, a project manager and a communications specialist without any of the training those professions require.
Even the strongest of relationships can be strained by the changing roles that a difficult diagnosis brings.
As a doula, I will help to ground you in this new role by providing tools and resources to ease the transition, guide you as to what to expect throughout the dying process, and help you find more space to simply love your person.
Helping someone you love die is a sacred gift and has the power to transform the caregiver, the dying person, and all those who are touched along the way.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin