Clay work done by Nina Guertin

Clay work done by Nina Guertin, a death doula who holds sessions with grieving people to talk through their feelings and work with clay to help the process. “It’s an organic connection,” she said.

Death. It’s a taboo topic for many — some avoid the topic altogether. But there are those who confront it head on and help the rest of us do so, too.

They’re called death doulas. Similar to birth doulas, who work with families at the early stages of life, death doulas help at the end.