Did you work with a death doula?

Flinders University

We’ve been contacted by the team at the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying – Flinders University who want to find people who’ll tell them about their family’s experiences with a death doula.

The services of death doulas are being utilised more and more in Australia.

Here is the request from the team: 

We would like to hear from you if you have cared for someone who died between three to six months ago and if you have used the services of a death doula.  We would like to learn about your experiences working with them in the care of the patient.   

We would like to interview you via phone or via zoom for approximately 60 minutes. Following the interview, we will provide you with a $30 electronic gift card voucher for your time and the transcription can be made available to you for verification upon request. 

This project has received ethics approval from Flinders University Social and Behavioural Ethics Committee (number 2590). Please contact me with any queries on (08) 7221 8215 or email

If you are interested in taking part, then please contact Kristine Van Dinther:  

More about death doulas.

We’ve reported on Deb Rawling’s work on death doulas before. See the following to find out more, go to

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Death doulas in the USA.

Every death doula is slightly different and emphasises different things because of the culture they are in. Here’s an interesting take on the work of Molly Nelson, death doula from Maine, USA.

“It’s (death) one of the most magical times of life. It’s one of the biggest things that happens to us,” says Molly.

And here are some words from Alua Arthur, of Colorado, who says “We will die, but before that day comes, let us LIVE.”

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