Death Doulas: Supporting the Caregiving Role | Treading Above Water
This program is offered virtually and open to anyone who has been impacted by cancer. Membership is not required to participate.
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto invites you to join us for our new education series, Treading Above Water. Each week throughout the month of April we will provide virtual educational opportunities to learn from subject matter experts about the difficult topic of dying and death.
Treading Above Water is an opportunity to learn how to process difficult information and plan the best options for you or your loved ones during a period of time when life’s waters are calm so that you will be able to keep your head above water when life becomes more turbulent and the water gets deep.
Often when asked, what does a Death Doula “actually” do the answer is very simple: A Death Doula has done their job if they have helped prevent 911 from being called. Death Doulas are quickly finding their place in support of the dying (and those who both love and care for them). Ready, willing and able to attend at the bedside regardless of the hour of the day means that Death Doulas are an ideal member of any team (professional, volunteer or familial) dedicated to helping each other to die well. This Presentation will help to engage in conversation and answer the following questions:
- How necessary is it to have a Death Doula on an already robust palliative care team?
- Whom does a Death Doula see as their client and why?
- When does a Death Doula typically vs ideally onto the caregiving team?
Presenter: Tracey Robertson
Tracey Robertson is the Co-Founder of the Home Hospice Association (HHA). Tracey, in her early role, was responsible for an international environmental scan that resulted in the creation of services that are gifted to existing agencies to fulfill HHA’s “for anyone ~ of any age ~ at any time ~ under any roof” dream. This environmental scan was the catalyst for HHA’s most unique service; The Bello Project, to preserve the human-animal bond when someone is faced with a life-limiting diagnosis, made it necessary to bring Pre and Perinatal Hospice to Canada and convinced HHA that the role of a Death Doula to our mission and vision. As a result, HHA was the first in Canada to develop and offer training to individuals wishing to offer Doula services either in-utero or any time along the journey of life to death. While the work of running this organization today, takes up a great amount of time, Tracey is also one of HHA’s first Death Doulas to actively work for the dying of our communities.