If you’ve ever gone through labor and delivery, or knows someone who has, you’ve probably heard of a “birth doula,” a person trained to be a calming and comforting presence at the bedside as a woman goes through childbirth. Similarly, at the end of life, the presence of a calm and knowledgable person at the bedside can make all the difference between a calamity and a sad but dignified passing. End-of-Life doulas are now available in many communities, especially as patients and families frequently prefer to live out their days at home in a familiar and comfortable environment. In fact, for some family members, witnessing the work of an end-of-life doula is so inspiring that they are motivated to go through the training themselves in order to allow others to benefit from this same level of comfort and support. To watch four end-of-life doulas discuss the meaning and value of their work, Go Here. To find out more about the process of training and certification to become such a doula, Click Here.