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What is a death doula? [Video]

Death doulas are people who offer non-medical end of life support. They’re in high demand since 17% more people died in 2020 than in previous years.

AUSTIN, Texas — “Kinsloe and I married on November 1, 2014, and 22 days later received a stage four diagnosis of metastatic melanoma with a prognosis of approximately six months to live.”

It wasn’t the blissful start to married life Garrick Colwell hoped for but he took the vows, in sickness and in health, seriously. As a grief educator and longtime hospice volunteer, Colwell jumped into action to help his bride.

“I did some research here locally and found a death doula and I thought, ‘well, what is a death doula?’ And so, I Googled that and I found that the person who basically started the death doula movement lived here in Austin. Her name is Deanna Cochran, so of course I called her.”

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