How death doulas are changing the face of end-of-life care

Odette Green has spent her life helping people die with dignity.

She's one of a wave of end of life care providers known as 'death doulas' or 'death midwives'.

A death doula or death midwife can help individuals and their families cope with the final weeks of life, helping them cope with the process of dying and prepare for the end of life with dignity and compassion.

Odette says becoming a death doula was something she'd done since she was a young girl without even realizing it.

My gogo passed when I was 13 and I facilitated her passing and then I facilitated my mom's passing and that had the biggest impact on me.

Odette Green, Death doula

So what exactly does a death doula do?

You step into the gap of what the dying person needs.

Odette Green, Death doula

Odette explains the importance of being able to work with people who have different faiths and beliefs to her own.

You work really hard at taking what you believe and not making it what everyone else needs to believe.

Odette Green, Death doula

Listen to the full interview below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How death doulas are changing the face of end-of-life care


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
I needed to explore my own individual voice and music, says Zolani

I needed to explore my own individual voice and music, says Zolani

Zolani Mahola, former lead singer of Freshlyground, chats about her new one-woman show “The One who Sings”.

How to prepare your pet to cope with stress of holiday season

How to prepare your pet to cope with stress of holiday season

Dr Aileen Pypers has tips and advice on helping animals through what is the most stressful part of the year for them.

Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

Zapiro 'honoured and overwhelmed' to receive France's top cultural award

Jonathan 'Zapiro' Shapiro joins Pippa Hudson on the Yellow Couch for an in-depth interview.

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

Meet the women who ensured that the Boks were in top form to bring home the cup

The all-female team of sports physiotherapists played a key role in the management team backing the Boks during the World Cup.

[LISTEN] Why a midwife is still a safe option if you want a home birth

[LISTEN] Why a midwife is still a safe option if you want a home birth

The Society of Midwives of South Africa chairperson Dr Mariatha Yazbek shares details on the process and more.

[LISTEN] Untreated postnatal depression can be carried down through generations

[LISTEN] Untreated postnatal depression can be carried down through generations

Lee Kasumba spoke to Dr Howard Manyonga, Head of The Birthing Team, about the work they are doing to assist patients.

Popular articles
[WATCH] Man forgets to engage handbrake, truck almost hits other cars

[WATCH] Man forgets to engage handbrake, truck almost hits other cars

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

We have bent over backwards, it appears unions don't want to settle - SAA

We have bent over backwards, it appears unions don't want to settle - SAA

Sacca president, Zazi Nsibanyoni-Anyiam Mugambi and airlines acting CFO Deon Fredricks weigh in on the strike facing the airline.

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Can’t find your phone? Drop everything – thieves can get into your banking app!

Did someone steal your phone? Contact your bank without hesitation warns consumer journalist Wendy Knowler.

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

'Unions are making a mistake. SAA is dying. It’s not Eskom – we don’t need it'

SAA is on its knees, cap in hand, asking taxpayers for R2 billion this month. Unions must be careful, warns Guy Leitch (SA Flyer).

Unions and SAA get ready for fight that threatens to break the ailing airline

Unions and SAA get ready for fight that threatens to break the ailing airline

Joanne Joseph plays audio from the media briefing over the impending strike.

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

White pupils at posh Kingswood College refer to black scholars as 'snoobab'

"This problem is bigger than just a Kingswood problem. The relevant processes will unfold," says College Head Colleen Vassiliou.

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

We’ll shut you down! – unions to SAA ('overstaffed by any measure globally’)

The money-pit airline is fighting for its life. Bruce Whitfield interviews Theto Mahlakoana, a senior political reporter at EWN.