Riley Keough has trained in death doula following her brother Benjamin’s tragic suicide.
What Riley Keough Had to Say
On Monday (March 22), Riley Keough spoke about her training and certification. “Today I finished my Death Doula training, on The Art of Death Midwifery training course by @sacred_crossings,” she wrote. So I guess I’m an almost certified death doula now hehe.”
So, what is a death doula? Similar to a birth doula, bringing a child into this world, the person helps with almost every aspect of the dying process (aside from medical assistance). In areas that hospice lacks, they attempt to help the dying person and their family. They can help the person and their families emotionally, spiritually, or with practical help. The death doulas also help with discovering what the patient wants in their death and fulfilling their requests. These doulas also frequently help with planning services, funerals, burials, etc. Whatever the client needs, they will provide that for them to make the death easier to handle.
Keough wanted to thank this community for teaching and training others about “conscious dying and death work.” She continued, “We are taught that it’s a morbid subject to talk about. Or we’re so afraid of it that we’re unable to talk about it… then, of course, it happens to us, and we are very ill-prepared.”
“I think it’s so important to be educated on conscious dying and death the way we educate ourselves on birth and conscious birthing,” Riley Keough added. “We prepare ourselves so rigorously for the entrance and have no preparation for our exit. So I’m so grateful for this community and to be able to contribute what I can.”
Benjamin Keough passed away on July 12, 2020, at just 27-years-old. His autopsy report stated that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that he had cocaine and alcohol in his system. It also stated that he had a history of mental illness and attempted suicide 5-6 months prior to his death.
Riley Keough also got a tattoo to honor her brother. Back in July, she revealed the collarbone tattoo that read, “Benjamin Storm.” Benjamin was not in the public eye but had plans to break into the music industry. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Universal, and his music was set to be “nothing like” his grandfather’s music.
If you or someone you know needs help, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online 24/7.