We appreciate the article in the Feb. 5 Sun Journal, “Supporting the dying: Death doulas are an emerging field.”

We would like to clarify this sentence in the article, “… the care [death doulas] offer is more personal than what hospice provides.” Hospice is a long-standing and well-recognized service. All hospice staff and volunteers provide very personalized, compassionate, skilled care, as other home health care services do.

End-of-life death doulas are a continuum to end of life care. We as EOLDs can partner with hospice, home health care, funeral directors and families to help fill gaps in care and services.

Our country’s aging population is growing rapidly. EOLD care is an emerging field which will be critical as 72 million people will be over the age of 65 by year 2030.

It takes a village, and end-of-life death doulas, as do birth doulas, provide a supportive role in the care over our lifespan.

Janet Willie, Bethel

Darlene Beck, Bethel

Lee Berry, Sumner

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