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