Pathways to End-of-Life Doula Certification—November 2020 Newsletter

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November 2020 NewsletterView this email in your browser
End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification~ Supporting life’s final transition ~
Become an End-of-Life Doula!The Doula Business Guide
by Patty Brennan
Have you completed EOLD training but are not yet certified? 
end-of-life doula certificationWe have a streamlined process tailored to your needs. You have two options:If you trained with Lifespan Doulas prior to August 2020, you now have a simplified path to certification. Get it done in a day or two. No extra fees involved.If you trained with another organization but did not certify (perhaps due to exorbitant fees and requirements), OR simply want a dual credential, you are welcome to affilite with Lifespan Doulas and earn your certification through us. Get it done in a day or two. $75 one-time fees includes a one-year membership in Lifespan Doulas and a professional directory listing.Learn more about the Lifespan Doulas NEW certification process for End-of-Life Doulas and choose the process designed for YOU.Favorite Blogs & Resources …
Medical Aid in Dying–legal but not always accessible. Many factors still limit patients’ access to medical aid in dying, even where the practice is legal.

Dying from VSED (Voluntary Stopping of Eating and Drinking) by Barbara Karnes. “This is an involved topic as well as emotionally charged. We bring to this discussion our relationships, our spiritual beliefs, and our sense of right and wrong.”

The Who, What, Why, When, and How of Doula Work. In this free webinar, EOLD Kathy Bates discusses her work as an end-of-life doula, including how she got started and how she gets clients. Very informative session.

The Heart and the Bottle is a lovely, beautifully illustrated fable about a young girl grappling with loss and grief. Read the Book Review.

For more recommendations, see the graphic below featuring a collection of children’s book titles on grief and losschildren and grief booksAre you interested in serving as an end-of-life doula? Get started now with self-paced online learning. 
The reviews are rolling in on our comprehensive hybrid End-of-Life Doula Training program online. The program features:10 self-paced online training modules (access provided shortly after enrollment)Live interactive online workshop (your choice of dates)Lifetime certification (included in the registration fee)Upcoming 2021 TrainingsJanuary 16 & 17 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-3pm EST)March 17, 24 & 31 (3 Wednesdays, 1-4:15pm EST)May 22 & 23 (Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am-3pm EST)What do class participants have to say about their experience?
“I absolutely loved this course, I have been serving our Hospice community for 15 years in every aspect you can imagine and I still learned a lot from this course. I especially loved the weekend seminar group.”

“I thought the videos and reading material were very informative. The course is put together in a very logical way making it easy to learn. The flow is easy.”

“Thank you again for a beautiful weekend with beautiful people! It was more intense than I anticipated. I had to take the day off to process all the new input, perspectives, people, experiences.”
Falling asleep while awake …
 conscious dyingDying, in the Toltec tradition (as in other indigenous and Buddhist traditions) is seen as a transition, not an end. Practices are based on the belief that between our physical and spiritual death there is a window of approximately 45 minutes when we choose how we would like to continue our journey. Presenter Jacques Burgering teaches how to prepare for a conscious death through the practice of falling asleep while awake, known as “Cochitzinco.”
Jacques is a native from the Netherlands and has worked with shamans from the Andes (Kichwa/Qu’ero) and Mexico (Toltec/Maya). He recently completed Lifespan Doulas training to become an EOLD. He will be presenting at The Beautiful Dying Expo (a “virtual reality trade show”) on November 13-15.How does the role of the end-of-life doula complement services provided by hospice?
See at a glance, how EOLDs can help meet the needs of the dying and their loved ones. Comparison Chart.Are you trying to figure out how to turn this work of heart and service into an income-generating business?
These two concepts are NOT at odds. Join Patty Brennan (an entrepreneur with a 40+ year track record and author of The Doula Business Guide & Workbook) for a Doula Business Development Workshop live online December 12 (Saturday, 8:30am-5pm EST). Early Bird discount deadline is 11/12 (save $23).
doula business guideUPCOMING membership benefitsMEMBERS ONLY WEBINARS: Interactive, live, time for Q&A
November 18 (Wednesday 7-8pm EST)
Facilitating Important Conversations for End-of-Life Planning
Our featured speaker is Maureen Kures, the owner and operator of Radiant Mourning. Maureen gets people talking about their end-of-life wishes. She will share how she supports people to get their affairs in order.
December 7 (Tuesday 7-8pm EST)
Riding the Rollercoaster of Grief
Kathleen Putnam will be presenting on her as a grief coach. As we approach the Holiday season, grief may be heightened as families come together for the first time without one of their beloved family members who have died. Kathleen is the owner of Coaching at the End of Life in the Seattle area.

Become a member of Lifespan Doulas and join us! Members also gain access to past recorded webinars.Top 5 Questions about becoming an end-of-life doulaJoins us and get your questions answered!
Our next FREE, interactive webinar will be held November 23 (Monday 7pm EST)Pre-register now for the Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula. Wewill address questions regarding:the role of the EOLD and types of services providedhow doulas interact with the hospice teamwhether you can support yourself doing EOLD workall training-related questionsis certification necessary?and more!

Patty Brennan

Patty is the owner and visionary force behind Lifespan Doulas. For 40 years, she has been a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur. Patty has personally trained approximately 2,500 people to become doulas. She is the author of The Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula, 3rd Edition.