Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough has trained to become a death doula

Katie Archer
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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Riley Keough attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Riley Keough has trained as a death doula. (David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Elvis Presley's granddaughter, the actor Riley Keough, has completed training as a death midwife after losing her brother last year.

The Mad Max: Fury Road actor has been studying to be a death doula, which means she will be able to support people through terminal illness and end-of-life care.

She wrote on Instagram: "Today I finished my Death Doula training, on The Art of Death Midwifery training course by @sacred_crossings so I guess I’m an almost certified death doula now hehe

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"And I just felt like writing such a deep thank you to this community who are teaching and training people in conscious dying and death work.

"We are taught that its a morbid subject to talk about. Or were 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."

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 24: Riley Keough attends the
Keough has trained in end-of-life care. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Doulas are more commonly known for their work supporting women in labour, but Keough will be looking to support people who are dying.

Keough, 31, continued: "I think it’s so important to be educated on conscious dying and death the way we educate ourselves on birth and conscious birthing. 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."

Lisa Marie Presley and her children Benjamin Keough (R),  Riley Keough (L), and her half-brother Navarone Garibaldi (back) attend the premiere of
Lisa Marie Presley with Benjamin (right) and Riley (left) as children. (Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images)

Keough, whose mother is Lisa Marie Presley, lost her younger brother Benjamin to suicide last year when he was aged 27.

Her death doula training will allow her to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to people who are dying and their loved ones, and to support those around them in the days after their death.

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