Courtesy of the New York Times | JAN. 23, 2015 | http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/24/your-money/death-doulas-help-the-terminally-ill-and-their-families-cope.html?ref=topics
MARY HILBURN spent the last three years watching her partner of 17 years, Jo Allison Bennett, die of brain cancer. Their families weren’t supportive, and many of their friends found the experience too emotionally wrenching to become very involved.
So in the last few months of Ms. Bennett’s life, Ms. Hilburn turned for help to Deanna Cochran, a death doula.
The word doula, Greek for “woman who serves,” is usually associated with those who assist in childbirth. But increasingly, doulas are helping people with leaving the world as well.