Death Companions are end-of-life professionals with two roles:
To serve their communities as educators
To serve individuals, families and other small groups who are navigating a significant loss.
Death Companions do not provide medical or legal advice, but do make referrals. They are knowledgeable about the process of dying, death, grief and bereavement. They are able to utilize their skillsets to serve their communities and their clients.
What is an end-of-life professional?
End-of-life professionals have a wide variety of experience. Common training and experience can come from:
being a hospice volunteer
being a funeral director
being a physician, nurse or medical professional
time spent on the staff of a cemetery
work as a mental health professional
There is a difference between having experienced personal loss and working as a professional with the losses others experience. End-of-Life professionals have worked in a professional capacity with loss.
What Need Do Death Companions Meet?
Individuals transitioning between the healthcare system and deathcare can benefit from working with a Death Companion. Put another way—there are very few professionals with a specialization in the transition period between dying and death. Death Companions are knowledgeable about not only this transitional phase, but also what comes before and after. They are uniquely qualified to provide support to those in need and can help you bridge the gap.
Why Do People Become Death Companions?
Many End-of-Life Professionals want to find a way to expand their professional experience and skills into work with the public and/or individuals and family groups.