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Bay Area

End of Life

Doula Alliance

Who We Are

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Founded in 2018, ELDA is San Francisco Bay Area’s preeminent end-of-life doula organization. With over 30 years of experience between us, our doulas are committed to inspiring and empowering people so that their end-of-life and transition experience can be a fulfilling and purposeful part of their life’s journey.

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” 


– Cicely Saunders, Hospice Pioneer

ELDA provides a wide variety of non-medical holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family.  This includes education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual and practical care, from as early as initial diagnosis through bereavement.

End of Life Planning

We are available to provide emotional, spiritual, and physical support and to help you live out the rest of your life in an intentional way that brings you a sense of joy, meaning and purpose.

Sitting Vigil at End-of-Life

We refer to the last days of life as a time of vigil. During your final days and hours, we are available to sit with you, by your bedside, and provide comfort, support, and rest for you and your family.

Leaving Your Legacy - ELDA End of Life Doula Alliance

A legacy project can be seen as a gift for those you are leaving behind. It can take many forms, but will generally be an expression of love, and a way of preserving memories and sharing stories that will be an inspiration and source of comfort for family and loved ones.

Completing a Life Review - ELDA - End of Life Doula Alliance

While a legacy project is a tangible, external project, a life review is a deep, internal, reflective way to explore the richness of your life, your relationships, experiences, spirituality, values, ups and downs, peaks and valleys, and the impact you have had on others and the world.

Medical Advocacy and Documentatin - ELDA - End of Life Doula Alliance

We can assist in completing advanced care directives and other planning documents so that your wishes are thoughtfully discussed and pre-determined and you can appoint advocates to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to do so.

Support & Assistance for Medical Aid in Dying
(California End of Life Option Act)

Providng Companionship for You and Respite for Family Members - ELDA - End of Life Doula Alliance

At times, you may get lonely, afraid, or want to talk to someone other than your loved ones. At times, your family members may need some rest. We are available to fill in the gaps to create space for peace and rest.

Supporting Your Final Wishes
Support & Assistance for Medical Aid in Dying

We provide advocacy and support to you and your family/care partners throughout the Medical Aid in Dying process and help you to navigate the journey, from first requests to the day of taking the medications. 

As we learn about your final wishes, we will be networking in our community to provide holistic services that include what you need and desire to finish life well, with a sense of fulfillment, comfort and peace. If you want us, we will be there, regardless of your financial circumstances.


It does not mean to be in a place

where there is no noise,

trouble or hard work.

It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.​

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Contact Us

(415) 488-3272

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