A new study showed that Hospice looks at adding ‘death’ doulas’ for end-of-life care. Bringing comfort, standing vigil and facilitating preparations during life’s most difficult time, there is no more needed feeling than hope while preparing for death. Hope just walked in the room, a hospice, a nursing facility or hospital.
Whether serving as a certified end-of-life doula, a clinical pastoral education chaplain intern or hospice volunteer, her experience helping people deal with and talk about death has resulted in her being a part of a new chapter for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) as it explores incorporating end-of-life doulas into its many roles.
Support To People
“Doula,” from the Greek word for a female servant, is used by people who provide support and comfort to people during pregnancy and more recently to those who are dying. The national hospice organization announced last month the formation of a council to review doula collaboration with hospice services and explore how it could be added to its care program, whether through agency staff, trained volunteers, or as independent contractors.
Frazier’s volunteer support grew as she acquired additional training in gentle touch and PedsCare and also advanced her hospice skills as both an ambassador and spiritual care volunteer. All the while, she studied clinical pastoral education and earned a non-denominational minister ordination.
When Frazier discovered her home church at Unity of Jacksonville Beach in 2008, she took on many roles there, from guest speaker to prayer chaplain, and began her studies at Unity Urban Ministry School.
Unity’s focus on practical Christianity supports her interfaith beliefs of honoring each individual’s walk with the God of their understanding. They believe we all have a spark of divine light within and I do my best to reflect that light by supporting others in their spiritual walks. If I do no more than reflect hope to all I encounter, I am grateful.
In 2015 Frazier became Unity’s spiritual leader part-time and is a sought-after inspirational speaker on topics related to end-of-life at workshops and seminars around the nation. Frazier started and continues to facilitate the “Sundays 8 at 8” prayer circle, where for eight minutes at 8 p.m. each Sunday, people are encouraged to come together in silent synchronized prayer and meditation.
Illness And End-Of-Life
In 2017 Frazier founded The Sacred Servant (TheSacredServant.com) where she explains how she helps accompany and support the ill, their families and caregivers during extended illness and end of life.
They feel like no matter how many people’s lives they have been involved with, they learn from each one, spiritually grow and give thanks for the time they have with them.