Companion to the dying

No one should die alone - The DEATH DOULA role

No one should die alone

This is the most fundamental practise of Sacred Earth Home Funerals. Human contact is so important for someone who is dying.

It is essential that people have the opportunity to be heard and honoured, with their truth being deeply validated before death in order to let death come peacefully. Holding on to life when it is ending is often the cause of suffering, because at the end our physical, emotional and mental bodies all need to let go together.

We consider authentic, non-judgemental and loving human connection with another human during their dying, the greatest standard of social and personal change in our century. We must meet the dying without judgement in order to see their magnificence as an embodied spiritual being, and we must help them see themselves in the same way.

To this end, it is vitally important that people do not continue to face their deaths unempowered, afraid and disenfranchised.


There are many of us deeply honoured to serve at this time, to reclaim our tradition of care, and

also as a personal honouring of life. We can all support one another in life and in death.

Do call us. For yourself, or for someone you love.

Receiving Death

After conception or birth, receiving death is our final birth rite.

When we consider death not as punishment but rather a natural continuum of being born, we may begin to lean into, rather than recoil from dying. We can learn to allow death to uphold and inform us, just the way the rest of life (the time before active dying) does.

The taboo of death has too long eclipsed the need for our society to openly be with the dying. When we hide death in institutions and professional offices, we miss out on the opportunity to be part of the greatest mystery of life and consequently those dying suffer through this great disconnect until death. It is a great sorrow to die unmet and fearful. We can do much more for one another.

Making friends with death

What if we could be witnessed, supported and given tools to begin to liberate our fears around our dying? And helped to deeply trust the inevitability of the process, in the certainty that your dying will occur? When we throw light upon the shadows, the unnamed fears therein can be seen, and once these are faced they lose their paralysing power over us.

This is our work.

Preparing for a Peaceful Transition

Ultimately we have a choice. We may go to our death filled with fear and denial, or we may choose to gently address those fears now, while embodied on Earth. It is never too early or too late, while we still breathe.​

If we can come to a place of total acceptance of all that our lives have been, and forgive everything in ourselves and others, we come to GRATITUDE for what we have had, and this is the most empowering place in which to transition to our deaths.

Dying is a Sacred work

There is something very sacred and meaningful in a life coming to completion. Letting go can be painful and difficult but also uniquely liberating and beautiful.​

We emphasise the connection we have enjoyed, so meaningful in life, and is continued into death. We grieve the loss of the physical but we begin to come into the presence of the unending luminous nature of life.

A life coming to its end, needs to be deeply honoured. All life is a precious gift, and life in its dying phase is a sacred completion of what is. Doulas create the certainty of the sacred in the environment of the dying by working to return dying to its deeper truths.

THE NORTHERN DOULAS - Your end of life care network. Always available to you.