The ancient Greeks believed that Hermes, the messenger of the gods
r, was a spirit guide. His role was to escort souls into the afterlife. But it was not just the Greeks who believed that a being – whether it was the archangel Michael, a goddess or a deceased family member – had to assist them while making the transition from living to dying, modern human beings don’t want to die alone. Therefore, terminally ill patients often recruit a death doula to guide them spiritually or prepare them for what they do not understand – the world beyond.
Mothers, who have had a miscarriage or a stillbirth, will enlist the services of a bereavement doula. The word Doula is derived from Greek
Welcome, Nicci and Vivienne and thank you for educating us about the role of doulas in South Africa.