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 ...

Become a professional end-of-life doula

  • Take the two-day End-of-Life Doula Hybrid Training.
  • Become a Lifespan Doulas' certified End-of-Life Doula.
  • Become a member of Lifespan Doulas (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).

Personal enrichment or hospice volunteer

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


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.

end of life doula training


August 22 & 23
October 24 & 25

Class meets Saturday 8:30am-5pm & Sunday 8:30am-3pm


$697 Full Price or

$647 Early Bird (ends 30 days prior) or

$397 (non-refundable) deposit + 3 payments of $100

How payment plans work

Your interactive, skills-oriented end-of-life doula training will encompass the following:

  • Clarifying our values ~ What is a “good death”?
  • Exploring the dying process
  • Understanding hospice and palliative care
  • Identifying needs of the dying and family
  • Adapting the doula model of care for end of life
  • Accompanying the dying (bedside vigiling)
  • Working with the hospice team
  • Communication skills for doulas
  • Hands-on comfort measures (guided imagery, breathing and relaxation, and more)
  • Creating a ritual or ceremony
  • Overview of home funerals, green burial and after death care
  • Grief and bereavement support
  • End-of-life doula practice considerations
  • And more!

What makes us different? Why train with Lifespan Doulas?

end of life doula certification

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.


MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON! Get the best of both worlds ... comprehensive online training at your own pace and the inspiration and community experienced during in-person skills-based training.

The online end-of-life doula training program is in development and is expected to be released no later than July 15. Folks who invest in training prior to that time will get access to the individual modules as they are released.


The in-person portion of our training is limited to 24 participants and takes place in our cozy Ann Arbor center, optimized for doula training. Our intimate and interactive classroom experience is the perfect complement to the thorough online training modules. Take a short tour of our facility.


After training, we provide ongoing mentoring, continuing education, priority referrals and a forum for community support for those who become members of Lifespan Doulas.


Your instructor, Patty Brennan, has been supporting families in transition for 37 years and training doulas for 20 years. She is an expert in the Doula Model of Care. Patty has been a pioneer in adapting this model for end of life. A selection of guest instructors share their expertise to ensure a dynamic training. We are adult education specialists, integrating a wide variety of learning activities and teaching methods to keep you engaged. Learn more about Patty Brennan.


Our curriculum is solidly grounded in a deep understanding of the doula model of care rather than simply adapting the doula role to fit the hospice model of care. 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.


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.

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

Who should not take this training?

This training is designed for folks who want to support those who are dying and their loved ones. We are not a grief support group. We respectfully ask that if you have suffered a loss within one year prior to this workshop, you consider waiting before taking this training. Likewise, if you personally have a life-limiting illness and are seeking to learn more about the dying process, this training is not designed for you. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss your situation prior to registering.

end-of-life doula workshop
170-page resource book provided to every trainee