End-of-Life Doula Training and Certification

Learn how to support the dying and their loved ones.

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

  • Understanding hospice & palliative care
  • Assisting with Advance Care Planning based on the client's values
  • Supporting life review & legacy projects
  • Essential doula communication, mediation & advocacy skills
  • Understanding the needs of the dying person
  • Guidance & support for planning the death vigil
  • Providing deathbed education for the family—what to expect & how to support their loved one
  • Navigating difficult decisions & promoting informed choices
  • Respite care & preventing caregiver burnout
  • Providing spiritual comfort or ritual support centered on the family's beliefs
  • Educating about home funeral & green burial choices
  • Providing grief & bereavement support
  • Establishing a doula practice overview

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

We will provide an overview of the role of the end-of-life doula, 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. Register now OR watch a recording of a recent webinar.


See our Frequently Asked Questions (Refunds, Payment Plans & More) > click here

End-of-Life Doula Training online includes:

  • End-of-Life Doula Basics (self-paced modules, 30–35 hours),
  • End-of-Life Doula Skills (live online workshop on Zoom)
  • Professional End-of-Life Doula certification 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

  • October 23 & 24 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)
  • November 20 & 21 (Sat & Sun, 9:30am-3pm EST)
  • Our 2022 Training Schedule will be released soon. Get started now with the self-paced study materials and receive notification once the 2022 schedule is out.
  • An all self-paced option (no workshop required) will be available by the end of 2021. Get started now and receive notification when the supplementary self-paced materials are available to complete your certification.
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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

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 study modules. And experience the inspiration and sense of community generated in a live online workshop. See testimonials from participants below.


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 hidden costs or ongoing fees. This is a big deal if you are comparing programs. Learn more.


Patty Brennan has been supporting families to successfully navigate healthcare systems for the past 40 years as a doula, educator, and nonprofit founder/executive director of two community-based 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.


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. Enhanced business training and Doula Directory listings support you on your journey.


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. Core competencies for end-of-life doulas are covered, as defined by the National End-of-Life Doula Association.


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

More feedback from participants ...

"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

"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

"I think your program is worth the money and time. I was especially NOT looking forward to spending most of my weekend sitting in a chair, but you have really surpassed the Zoom course boredom and figured out how to engage and inform virtually. The chance to meet the other students was terrific. The two panelists were a great addition. I am also an educator and so kind of a connoisseur of learning programs. Your program met and exceeded my expectations. Thank you for the obvious effort you took to make it a great experience."—Wendy Nemitz, St. Paul, Minnesota

"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

"I just want to say again how much I learned from and enjoyed your course! I have continued to immerse myself in reading and learning more. I am just putting one foot in front of the other and seeing where it leads me! I appreciate your passion for this work." —Rachel Baines, Orland, FL

"Thank you again for such a great training experience. The course materials, your leadership and expertise, combined with the online learning with the many wonderful people I met through my cohort was exactly what I was hoping for!" —Cheryl Botieri, Plymouth, MA


Are you interested in more than one training or doula specialty? Do you need expert advice on the business aspects of doula work? 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