Ana Infante – a palliative care nurse whose 18 years on the end of life wards have seen ‘many deaths’ – has launched the first course in Portugal to train ‘doulas of death’. Explains Público, the objective is simple: to help people die in a better way and allow those left behind to ‘find a way of dealing with their grief’. The courses, publicised on Facebook, have proved a sell-out, running over the course of eight weekends till the end of February.
Says the blurb, when completed, the doulas will have developed knowledge and comprehension of various areas of care, in a holistic way.
“Death these days is denied, hidden. But its essence is life itself. To push death away is to deny life and ourselves”.
For more information see the Facebook page: “Doula de fim de vida”.