END-OF-LIFE DOULA TRAINING Learn how to support the dying and their loved ones.

Are you that person in your closest circles who naturally steps up, wants to help and finds ways to ease suffering, exhaustion, fear and grief? Perhaps you are already in the trenches as a hospice professional or volunteer? You are not alone. There are others just like you who feel honored to be present at the passing of a loved one, who have been profoundly moved by the experience. We understand how tough it is to navigate hard decisions at the end of life, in the face of overwhelming emotions, and how complex family dynamics can complicate the picture. We get it and we are not afraid. Somehow, we feel it is the place where we can most make a difference for others.

End-of-life doulas are the new frontier in end-of-life care. Their emergence is an outgrowth of recent cultural trends favoring more natural and holistic approaches for an aging generation of baby boomers. Our End-of-Life Doula Training covers how to provide non-medical comfort and support to the dying person and their loved ones in the final days, weeks and months of life. There are two paths you can take ...

1. Become a professional end-of-life doula

  • Take the End-of-Life Doula Online Training.
  • Become a Lifespan Doulas certified End-of-Life Doula.
  • Become a member of Lifespan Doulas (optional). Among other benefits, you will receive access to bi-monthly webinars, priority referrals, an enhanced directory listing and mentoring.
  • Take advantage of our doula business development supports (books, workshop and online classes are available).

2. Personal enrichment or hospice volunteer

  • Take the End-of-Life Doula Online Training.
  • Join the discussion on our public Facebook page.

What is included in the training fee?

  • Access to 10 self-paced, online, interactive training modules
  • Participation in a live, online two-day training in community with others
  • Professional End-of-Life Doula Certification
  • Ongoing online support community
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Benefits

  • Learn at your own pace; break when you need to.
  • The most effective principles of adult learning and engagement are employed.
  • Enjoy time for personal reflection--go deep!
  • Test your knowledge and retention as you go.
  • Engage with others as we process online lessons together in our live virtual sessions.
  • Become part of a passionate community focused on supporting families and improving quality of life at the end.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE, ONE FAMILY AT A TIME.

CURIOUS? Join our monthly live webinar:
"Top 5 questions about becoming an end-of-life doula"!

Our interactive FREE webinar will clarify the role of the doula and types of services offered, who can become an end-of-life doula, the differences between doulas and hospice volunteers, the meaning and value of certification, and how to get started. This session offers an opportunity to spend an hour with one of our trainers and get your questions answered before making an investment.

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2020 SCHEDULE & FEES

 LIVE ONLINE CLASSES ON ZOOM

October 24 & 25, 2020 or

January 16 & 17, 2021

Class meets Saturday & Sunday 9:30am-3pm (EST)

Read requirements for online training here.

INVESTMENT

$647 or

$397 deposit + 3 payments of $100

How payment plans work

There are no refunds for this class once you have been given access to the online classroom.

Ten self-paced training modules encompass the following topics:

  • Dying in America ("death positive" movement; how we die; understanding hospice and palliative care)
  • The Doula Model of Care (doulas in historical context; scope of practice for end-of-life doulas; the doula's role)
  • Accompanying the Dying (the dying process; emotional and spiritual needs of the dying; life review and legacy projects; holding vigil and vigil planning; doula comfort measures; companion arts to comfort the dying)
  • Communication Skills for Doulas (the art of listening; facilitating advance care planning; reflective listening skills; mediation, advocacy and patient navigators)
  • Supporting the Family (family needs and functionality; family support strategies)
  • Case Studies (discerning needs and determining support strategies)
  • After Death Care & Informed Choice (immediate post-death support for the family; funeral industry considerations; green burial; home funerals)
  • Grief & Bereavement Support (understanding the grieving process; needs of the grieving person; support strategies for the bereaved)
  • Self-Care for Doulas (importance of self-care; the components of self-care; setting and maintaining boundaries with clients)
  • Establishing an End-of-Life Doula Practice (discerning your place in the doula world; five key questions for start-up doula businesses; the meaning of certification; risk management for doulas; doula contracts, forms and other tools)

What makes us different? Why train with Lifespan Doulas?

Top value at an affordable price! We understand you are searching for the best fit. When the time is right for an idea or a movement, it manifests. Consequently, the number of end-of-life doula training programs is growing dramatically, both nationally and internationally. This is a good thing for all of us! It is how we will achieve critical mass over time, until doulas are mainstreamed into the end-of-life care continuum. The rapid growth of available training options, however, can present a challenge for the consumer (you?) who is thoughtfully comparing programs. Here is what we believe to be unique about our program and what we think sets us apart.

HYBRID ONLINE TRAINING

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 engendered by participating in a live online workshop.

After registering, you will receive access to ten self-paced online training modules and can begin your doula journey right away!

EOLD CERTIFICATION

Lifespan Doulas offers professional and accessible End-of-Life Doula certification. The certification can be completed shortly after training, has no expiration date, and is included in the cost of your training. No additional (or hidden) costs! Learn more.

MENTORING / SUPPORT

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

DOULA MODEL OF CARE

Our curriculum is solidly grounded in a deep appreciation for the doula model of care rather than simply adapting the doula role to fit the hospice model of care. We think this matters. A doula is a doula, first and foremost. Limiting the doula’s role to hospice or the active dying phase is a missed opportunity for education and support that may increase quality of life further upstream.

EXPERTISE

Your instructor, Patty Brennan, has been supporting families to become their own best advocates and successfully navigate healthcare systems for the past 38 years as a doula, midwife, educator, nonprofit executive, author and entrepreneur. She has trained over 2,000 people to become doulas and has been training end-of-life doulas since 2016. Our guest instructors in the field share their expertise to ensure a dynamic and comprehensive training. Learn more about Patty Brennan.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Patty Brennan is the author of The 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. We integrate an overview of small business basics and tips for getting started into our core doula training. And then we offer post-training support and business development training.

Who will benefit from end-of-life doula training?

  • Anyone who wants to become a professional end-of-life doula
  • Hospice volunteers and others wanting to serve
  • Family members and friends of the dying
  • Hospice and palliative care providers
  • Midwives and doulas
  • Nurses, doctors, and social workers
  • Clergy, chaplains, celebrants
  • Healers and therapists
  • Those who provide home care and companion care
  • Life coaches

The EOLD's role may overlap with other EOL specialists who provide services to families.

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