LeAne Austin, RN, EOLD, NEDA Proficient
Winged Journey Life Care and
End-of-Life Doula Care Services
As your End-of-Life Doula,
my wish is to walk with you on your end-of-life Journey to help you make it one that is filled with the greatest possible meaning
I can help to create a life-affirming environment, honoring your desires for guidance and support, and your wishes for personal care before and after death.
I will give you support in making decisions that will enhance your life during your end-of-life journey, and support the decisions you have made for the time that follows.
I can assist you to embrace activities that reflect your individuality - within your home and community - to the greatest of your abilities, and celebrate the unique person that you are, because beginning your end-of-life Journey does not mean that you are at the end of it.
And I can help you meet some of your physical needs, as well. Activities to aid pain relief such as gentle massage, assisting your loved ones with basic personal cares like bed bathing, hair care and application of lotions and oils, aiding position changes in bed and applying of fresh linens all promote comfort and feelings of well-being - a primary goal of Doulas - and of mine.
To this end, I am your holistic guide, a spiritual and emotional and physical support, a teacher and listener, a celebrant and collaborator, caregiver for you and your family, but most of all, I am a presence that help you find more meaning in your life, and the lives of your loved ones, as you make your journey to the end of it.
About a Doula
Let me tell you, in person, about Doulas, the elements that make up the foundation of their practice, and the care that the provide for persons that their loved ones on their end-of-life journey.
Empathy has no secret script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of "you are not alone."
Brene' Brown, PhD
I will "hold space" for you...
I will be physically, mentally and emotionally present for you during your special journey.
As your End-of-Life Doula, I will assist you and your loved ones to celebrate your life journey, prepare and plan for the journey itself and the time beyond, and "hold space" for you and your loved ones while you take those final steps, walking ... ...together.
And dying is a journey not limited to the aged. It can call upon us at any time.
COVID and other infections, gun-related deaths, suicide, trauma, car accidents and other types of life events may unexpectedly take people on their end-of-life journey.
And they leave loved ones needing emotional support and assistance while the person they love is at home, in the hospital or another care setting, or if they die.
They may leave you needing support.
Let me "hold space" with you.
When can Doula services begin?
Doula services can start at any time. People engage EOLDs to assist with life planning, support for acute and chronic illness, and home safety services, BEFORE end-of-life care is needed, however, frequently, initial consultations are completed when a diagnosis of life-limiting illness is received.
Services can begin at any point for the person or their loved ones.
Even if actual services for the person are not expected to start immediately, loved ones may request assistance in preparing for what is to come.
End-of-Life Doula Care can be part of a positive and supportive collaboration with Hospice, Palliative Care, individual providers, Home Health agencies, Care Communities and other services for persons diagnosed with severe acute or chronic illness or life-limiting illnesses, or for their loved ones and others who care for them.
Each Agency and Care Provider offers services in their own areas of strength while, at the same time, complimenting and supporting each other, providing a tremendous net of comfort.
They create a reassuring web of spiritual and emotional safety around each person and their circle of loved ones on their end-of-life journey .
Doulas in Care Communities
End-of-Life Doulas can provide services for persons who live within Care Communities. They give emotional and spiritual support to both the person and their loved ones, assist with physical cares, as allowed by Community protocols and within the Doula's scope, provide education on grief/death/dying, support communications, help with vigil and respite and other needs.
Doulas provide support to Community staff, reinforce family/client education, support client/loved one communication and can provide staff education on grief, death and dying, within the Doula's training and education, and other services.