Services

Farewell Fellowship offers both packages and hourly services to customize the care options for the aging and dying in our community.

Doula Packages

This is a full-spectrum package that offers support and guidance across the entire end-of-life journey.

In the early days of service, the doula will work with the dying person to review their life and create a remembrance project. As that work unfolds, the doula will help the dying person and loved ones create a vigil plan that expresses their wishes.

During the last days of life, the doula will provide presence at the bedside, emotional and psychological support, guidance on the dying process, assistance with practical care, and respite for the caregivers.

After the death, the doula will help loved ones process their experiences, provide information about the grief process, and facilitate some early work toward a healthy return to living a well-functioning and meaningful life.

Package Details:

  • 5 Pre-vigil Visits (totaling 8 hours)
  • Phone & Text Access to the Doula
  • Creation of a Remembrance Project
  • Development of a Vigil Plan
  • Emotional, Psychological, & Informational Support
  • 17 Hours of Vigil Presence & Guidance Assistance with Practical Vigil Care
  • Respite for Caregivers
  • Extended Presence at the Time of Death & Afterwards
  • 2 Post Death Visits (totaling 3 hours)
  • Referrals to Community
  • Bereavement Services
  • 1 Check-in Call after the Post Death Visits

Total Package Price: $2600

The Enhanced Doula Package includes all of the same services that are in The Standard Doula Package. The main difference is the amount of time the doula will spend during the pre-vigil, vigil, and post-vigil activities.

Package Details:

  • 8 Pre-vigil Visits (totaling 12 hours)
  • Phone & Text Access to the Doula
  • Creation of a Remembrance Project
  • Development of a Vigil Plan
  • Emotional, Psychological, & Informational Support
  • 22 Hours of Vigil Support & Guidance Assistance with Practical Vigil Care
  • Respite for Caregivers
  • Extended Presence at the Time of Death & Afterwards
  • 4 Post Death Visits (totaling 6 hours)
  • Referrals to Community
  • Bereavement Services
  • 1 Check-in Call after the Post Death Visits

Total Package Price: $3600

This package is for people who want to use a doula as a sounding board for some of the care decisions they need to make. The doula will also assist with an overall review of the environment, caregiver needs, and quality of life issues.

Package Details:

  • 5 one-hour visits
  • Phone & Text Access to the Doula
  • Assistance with, or Review of, Advance Directives & Advance Care Planning
  • Evaluation of the Environment to Improve the Quality of Life
  • Evaluation of Caregiver Status & Needs
  • Evaluation of Timing for Hospice
  • Preliminary Vigil Planning

Total Package Price: $425

This package is for people who want to focus on creating a vigil plan for the last days of life. The doula will also assess the dying person and caregiver needs, do some life review work, and make sure everything is in place for the start of a vigil.

Package Details:

  • 8 one-hour visits
  • Phone & Text Access to the Doula
  • Assistance with, or Review of, Advance Directives & Advance Care Planning
  • Evaluation of the Environment to Improve the Quality of Life
  • Evaluation of Caregiver Status & Needs
  • Evaluation of Timing for Hospice
  • Brief Life Review Work
  • Full Vigil Plan Development

Price for Vigil Plan Package: $700

This package includes all of The Vigil Plan elements, plus a full, structured life review with the dying person, and assistance in creating a legacy project.

Package Details:

  • 14 one-hour visits
  • Phone & Text Access to the Doula
  • Assistance with, or Review of, Advance Directives & Advance Care Planning
  • Evaluation of the Environment to Improve the Quality of Life
  • Evaluation of Caregiver Status & Needs
  • Evaluation of Timing for Hospice
  • Full Vigil Plan Development
  • Full Life Review Work
  • Creation of a Legacy Project

The Vigil Plan + Legacy Package Price: $1200

This package is for people who only need the doula to provide light emotional and physical support during the vigil, because they have an involved circle of support.

In addition to providing presence, the doula will inform people about the signs and symptoms of imminent death.

Package Details:

  • 10 Hours of Vigil Support & Guidance
  • Abbreviated Vigil Planning
  • Emotional, Psychological, & Informational Support
  • Assistance with Practical Vigil Care
  • Limited Presence During the Vigil
  • Referrals to Community
  • Bereavement Services
  • 1 Check-in Call after the Death

Price of the Basic Vigil Package: $1000

This package is for people who want regular doula support and guidance through the last days of a dying person’s life.

The doula will do some abbreviated vigil planning in the first visit or two. The doula will insure that the wishes expressed by loved ones on behalf of the dying person are followed as closely as possible. The doula will provide emotional, physical, and informational support during the vigil.

Package Details:

  • 20 Hours of Vigil Support & Guidance
  • Abbreviated Vigil Planning
  • Emotional, Psychological, & Informational Support
  • Assistance with Practical Vigil Care
  • Respite for Caregivers
  • Extended Presence at the Time of Death & Afterwards
  • 1 Post-Death Visit (of up to 1.5 hours)
  • Referrals to Community
  • Bereavement Services
  • 1 Check-in Call after the Post Death Visit

The Traditional Vigil Package Price: $2200

The Advance Care Planning Package is designed for those who need assistance recording their wishes for their care, in the event that they cannot speak for themselves.  

This package includes:

  • 2 hours of conversation with the doula to understand the wishes of the client
  • 2 hours of the doula’s time compiling the wishes into Farewell Fellowship’s template
  • Printing and emailing of the final advance care plan
  • The doula’s assistance in explaining the details of the plans to the loved ones of the family (in-person or remote)

Price for Advance Care Planning Package: $250

Hourly Services

Early Involvement support provided by an end-of-life doula covers a wide variety of services offered to enhance the care of the seriously ill, elderly, and/or dying persons.  

This care includes but is not limited to companionship, practical household help, diagnosis research and processing, facilitating research and move into a long-term care facility.  

These services are hourly rates ($35/hour) with a sliding scale to accommodate those on fixed incomes, packages offered for weekly rate discounts.

Please see the blog post on Early Involvement for examples of how an end-of-life doula can serve those who are not receiving hospice care.

Respite is a period of rest or relief.  For those who are providing constant care, whether for an elderly loved one or a person at the end-of-life stage, respite care is necessary and welcomed relief.  An end-of-life doula provides respite care at all stages of life, whether elderly, terminally ill, end-of-life or actively dying.  

Farewell Fellowship believes in supporting the caregivers of those who are elderly, ill and at the end-of-life stage.  We offer respite services on a sliding scale so that every caregiver, regardless of income, has support.  Please reach out for information.

Providing visitation to long-term care residents is not only a great gift to the resident (a fresh face to chat with), but it also provides a greater presence on their behalf.  Those who receive weekly visits tend to receive better care than those who don’t receive regular visitors and as someone who is familiar with many of the long-term care facilities in Nashville, I’m happy to be that extra layer of support.

Please reach out if you have a loved one in long-term care who could use supplemental visits for conversation and visitation, these visits are $25/hour.

It is often difficult for loved ones to visit with a person with dementia but sensory connections (targeting someone’s hearing, smell, or touch) can bring great comfort. Examples of activities to comfort those with dementia include:

hand massage with lotion,

manicures,

aromatherapy with an essential oil diffuser,

gentle cleansing of the face and hands with a warm washcloth,

singing, humming, and playing music,

praying or reading aloud,

opening the curtains and windows and moving wheelchair-bound patients to sit in the sunlight.

Dementia support services are available at hourly rates of $25/hour.

Companion care involves providing conversation, intellectual stimulation and assistance with daily activities or light housekeeping.

Examples of companion services:

-Reading aloud

-Playing music, particularly favorite songs

-Working on puzzles together

-Helping to write cards and letters

-Assistance in making phone calls via FaceTime/Zoom

-Praying the rosary/reading scripture

-Utilizing deep active listening to engage in meaningful conversation

-Practical help with light household tasks.

Discounted rates for regular scheduled weekly & bi-weekly visits available, typically $25/hour.

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