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A terminal diagnosis is stressful and overwhelming for all those involved. Doulas are trained to support you by sharing their knowledge on the process and experience of dying, based on current and traditional practices.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Support circles for caregivers
  • Seminars on the topic of death and dying to provide thecommunity with the opportunity to hear from dying well experts in a group setting
  • Introductory consultation meetings to discuss your thoughts on the topic of death and dying in a one-on-one setting


When a dying person and the family plan for the last days, they feel less afraid and less anxious. Doulas encourage thinking through all the choices about where a person dies and the kinds of interactions people want with each other and professional staff.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Consultations to review and discuss your plans and discussion options available to you and your family
  • Advance care planning guidance


Legacy Work Support

The purpose for legacy work is to assist the patient achieve closure with life and/or relationships.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Discuss ideas for meaningful legacy projects
  • Support legacy project development and involvement of family members


Doulas assist with basic care, explain distressing symptoms, provide on-going emotional and spiritual support, and link to the professional team as necessary.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • Support during the last days of life, in person or by phone
  • Respite care for family member


Home Funeral Guidance

A ‘home funeral’ is a non-commercial, family centred response to death that involves the family and its social community in the care and preparation of the body for burial or cremation, and/or in planning and carrying out related rituals or ceremonies, and/or in the burial or cremation itself.

Death Doula Ottawa offers the following:

  • After death home care guidance
  • Home funeral guidance

Grief Support

Death Doula Ottawa offers referral support services designed to meet the needs of the family members.