End-of-Life Doula Training and Certification

Learn how to support the dying and their loved ones.

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As an end-of-life doula, you help ease the transition for the dying person and their loved ones. Services may include:

  • Advance care planning based on the client's values
  • Respite care for exhausted caregivers
  • Help navigating difficult choices & promoting informed choices
  • Being present when the hospice team is not
  • Guidance & support for planning the death vigil
  • Help with practical household needs & care of the dying
  • Advocate for the dying person's expressed wishes
  • Provide spiritual comfort or ritual support centered on the family's beliefs.
  • And more!


CURIOUS? Join our FREE monthly live webinar: "Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula"

Our interactive FREE webinar provides an overview of the role of birth and postpartum doulas, the certification process, your income potential as a doula, how to get started on your path, and more. This session offers an opportunity to spend an hour together and get your questions answered before making an investment.


Fee = $697 (or $397 down + 3 pymts of $100)

End-of-Life Doula Training includes:

  • End-of-Life Doula Basics (self-paced modules, 30–35 hours),
  • End-of-Life Doula Skills (live online workshop)
  • Professional End-of-Life Doula cetification for life (no ongoing fees)
  • Enhanced listing in our Doula Directory for one year ($50 value)

2021 Schedule

Your choice of dates for the End-of-Life Doula Skills Workshop

  • July 17 & 18 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)
  • August 21 & 22 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)
  • September 14-28 (3 Tuesdays, 1-4:15pm EST)
  • October 23 & 24 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)
  • November 20 & 21 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)

It is recommended that you complete approximately 15 hours of pre-work in the self-paced modules before attending the live online workshop. Many folks appreciate taking their time with the self-paced program prior to participating in the workshop. 

Your skills-oriented End-of-Life Doula Training includes:

  • Understanding hospice & palliative care
  • Supporting life review & legacy projects
  • Mastering doula communication, mediation & advocacy skills
  • Understanding the needs of the dying person
  • Providing deathbed education for the family—what to expect & how to support their loved one
  • Identifying & preventing caregiver burnout
  • Educating on home funeral & green burial choices
  • Assisting with Advance Care Planning
  • Providing grief & bereavement support
  • Establishing a doula practice overview
  • And more!

Our professional certification features a streamlined process that can be completed shortly after training. Included in your training fee. Learn more.

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"You have done such a wonderful service with your training program. I am so impressed by the quality curriculum content and well-organized structure. The platform is also clean and easy to navigate." —Juliana Balistreri, Rohnert Park, CA"

This training was AMAZING and I am SO glad I did it. Thank you for your brilliance, skillful content curating, presence, wisdom and modeling of such respectful honoring of what is right and true for others as a doula way of being. I can't wait to keep moving forward on my doula work!" —Annie Girresch, St. Louis, MO

More feedback from participants ...

"Thank you so much for the opportunity to study and learn from this wonderful program. The information is so rich that I saved it to review over time as I slowly and carefully develop my practice. I appreciate your sensitivity and depth of knowledge." — Susan Anglada Bartley, Portland, OR

“Wow! Amazing training. Thank you so very much for giving so completely of your knowledge and yourself. I felt the training was very comprehensive, well-presented, and flowed nicely. I appreciate how attentive you were to staying on schedule. Honestly, the time simply flew by on both days. I will definitely be taking more trainings from you.” —Reverend Dr. Kathaleen (Kate) Martin, 1000 CYT, Sparks, NV

"Thanks again, Patty, for providing this invaluable opportunity to learn the basics of end-of-life doula work. You are thorough, interesting, spot on with your observations and experiences . . . appreciate you and admire your work!" —Kim Petrucci, Portage, MI

"Patty you are an amazing woman! Thank you so much for this program and the career you have chosen. I feel truly empowered by the extensive amount of material and resources you have given us. If only we could clone you! —Sandi Bianchi, Chicago, IL

"This course is amazing. Incredibly thorough and so well thought out, organized, and chock full of engrossing and pertinent information. The course is so pleasantly user-friendly, as well. Wonderful job." —Kyra Brown, San Francisco, CA

"I’m pleasantly surprised about how much I’m enjoying the modules. The information has been great and very therapeutic for me. It has allowed me to process my parents' passing in a whole new light." —Christine Rhoden, Los Angeles, CA

"This course was great, challenging, enlightening, and still so much to learn and explore. A great foundation." Laurel McCaslin, Snohomish, WA

What makes us different? Why train with Lifespan Doulas?

Top value at an affordable price! We understand you are searching for the best fit. Here is what we believe to be unique about our program and what we think sets us apart.


Benefit from the best of both worlds! Get grounded in the basics with our self-paced online learning modules. And experience the inspiration and sense of community generated in a live online workshop.


Our professional and accessible certification process can be completed shortly after training, has no expiration date, and is included in the cost of training. No additional or ongoing costs! Learn more.


Our focus is on the development of doula support skills and building a strong foundation of knowledge about the dying process and end-of-life issues. Emphasis is placed on providing loving care and proactive prevention of trauma for all families.


Patty Brennan is the author of the top-selling Doula Business Guide: How to Succeed as a Birth, Postpartum or End-of-Life Doula and is an expert at helping folks embrace the creative process of launching a doula practice. Additional business training is available, as well as Doula Directory listings to support you on your journey.


Patty Brennan has been supporting families to successfully navigate healthcare systems for the past 40 years as a doula, midwife, educator, and nonprofit founder/executive director of two nonprofit volunteer doula programs. She has trained over 2,000 people to become doulas and has been training end-of-life doulas since 2016. Patty has earned the NEDA Proficiency Badge from the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance.


After training, we provide continuing education, priority referrals, and a forum for community support and mentoring for those who become members of Lifespan Doulas. Create a doula practice of your own and manifest this support for families in your community.


Do you need expert advice on the business aspects of doula work?
Are you interested in more than one training or doula specialty?
Choose the package that best fits your goals & save!

If you are interested in specializing as a doula in more than one area, these packages deliver the best value on your investment. Choose one, two, or three certification programs. Plus training in how to put it all together into a life-changing, successful doula business.


Doula Business Builder Package


$397 down + 5 payments of $100

  • Your choice of training & certification program (Birth, Postpartum, End-of-Life)
  • Evolving Your Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook


Doula Business Builder Package


$497 down + 7 payments of $200 OR 12 payments of $120

  • Birth Doula Training & Certification
  • Postpartum Doula Training & Certification
  • End-of-Life Doula Training & Certification
  • Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook
  • 3 Lifespan Directory Listings (one year free)
  • One Year End-of-Life Doula Membership


Doula Business Builder Package


$397 down + 4 payments of $250 OR 10 payments of $100

  • Your choice of any two training & certification programs (Birth, Postpartum, End-of-Life)
  • Evolving Your Doula Business Workshop
  • The Doula Business Guide & Workbook