DYING THE DREAM FAQs

Are End of Life Doula services covered by health insurance?

While the cost of services is not currently covered by Alberta Health Services or Blue Cross, there are some private insurance companies that do offer coverage. Payment for services is the sole responsibility of the client as is seeking reimbursement, where insurance coverage is in place.

End of Life Doulas provide non-medical support – what is meant by “non-medical”?

Non-medical support refers to tasks that would normally be carried out by a caregiver or member of a health care team. These tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • diagnosing medical conditions;
  • drawing or preparing and administering medications;
  • feeding, toileting, bathing and transferring;
  • offering medical advice.

Are you affiliated with any religion? What practices could be expected?

I am not affiliated with any one religion and provide non-denominational support. I respect others’ beliefs and am happy to facilitate any rituals, practices and/or traditions, where possible.

Does a terminal diagnosis relate only to cancer?

A terminal diagnosis does not relate to cancer only.  Examples of other diseases and conditions that one may have received a terminal diagnosis are:

  • Cardiovascular (CHF – congestive heart failure);
  • Pulmonary (COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);
  • Respiratory (Covid-19);
  • AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome);
  • ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis);
  • Stroke;
  • Organ failure;
  • Coma.