Scoring: Determine the type of commitment you want to make to this based on how you answered the questions. Really pay attention to your inner voice.

If you scored closer to 50:

you know you are pretty determined to make it through the rough spots, self-doubts and obstacles that may come your way. It is clear you would like to have some kind of end-of-life service in your community.

Great Considerations for you would be:

  • Weaving the skill or role into whatever you are doing now in your ‘day-job.’
  • Creating an end-of-life doula menu item in your current independent practice.
  • Creating a part-time practice now and integrating this role into your present lifestyle, expanding into a full-time practice as demand grows.
  • Create an end-of-life collective that will serve your community and be an education hub as well.
  • Studying how to create a practice now for when you are ready to do it.

If your score is around 25:

Search deep inside to see what part of all this appeals to you and focus on that part. It is highly likely that you are the ‘go-to’ person amongst your family and friends. You know you will always be on the lookout for interesting training and awareness opportunities to deepen your interest and passion in serving others.

Great Considerations for you would be:

  • Learn excellent self-care and loving boundaries to nourish you as you serve your family, friend and work circles. As you may already know, you can significantly overtax yourself as you want to give all you have to the people you love. In this setting, since you are called on frequently, it’s a skill very important for you to have quality of life.
  • Be an end-of-life educator or facilitator of community discussions about end-of-life topics.
  • Volunteer at your local hospital, hospice or nursing home.

If you are closer to 10:

Maybe this is just a passing curiosity or you are really being drawn to this because of a specific dying experience.

Great Considerations for you would be:

  • Spend some time to figure out if you may be deep in your own grief process and just trying to figure out answers.
  • Volunteer with hospice, if you have not yet, and see if this is a service that brings you joy. You will know quickly if it does or does not.
  • Be a facilitator of community end-of-life discussions. This does not require you to be an expert to be the person who organizes discussions or book clubs or movie nights.
  • DO nothing, and just enjoy what you learn and your interest in this service.

So…. What’s Next?

Would you like to serve people at the end of life in your own unique way?