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As the End Nears, ‘Death Dulas’ Ease the Way

April 8, 2016

(STAT News) – Just as birth doulas help clients and families understand what to expect from the birth process and offer support throughout, death doulas do the same, helping patients achieve their daily goals when a cure is no longer possible and continuing to provide counsel until death. They also help families carry on. That may sound familiar to those with hospice experience, since hospice also provides a wide range of support for patients and family members alike. Even so, hospice care can fall short, Yaeger and others said.

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