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 Hybrid Training.
  • Become a Lifespan Doulas certified End-of-Life Doula (no extra fees involved).
  • 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).

2. Personal enrichment or hospice volunteer

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

What is a hybrid training?

  • In-person, two-day skills-based workshop
  • Self-paced, online, interactive training modules
  • Ongoing online support community
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Best of Both Worlds!

  • Practice skills in person and in community with others.
  • Learn at your own pace; break when you need to.
  • The most effective principles of adult learning and engagement are employed.
  • Time for personal reflection--go deep!
  • No more long, boring lectures.
  • Test your knowledge and retention as you go.
  • Engage in interactive online learning (not just watching recorded PowerPoints).


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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August 22 & 23 (Live Virtual session on Zoom ~ Read requirements for Virtual training)
October 24 & 25 (In-person, pending)

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


$697 Full Price or

$647 Early Bird (ends 30 days prior) or

$397 deposit + 3 payments of $100

How payment plans work

Fees include access to online learning platform and two-day in-person workshop. A continental breakfast is provided each day plus a catered lunch on Sunday.

Your training encompasses the following topics:

  • Exploring the dying process
  • Understanding hospice and palliative care
  • Supporting the caregivers
  • Adapting the doula model of care for end of life support
  • Planning the vigil
  • Comfort measures for the dying
  • Collaborating with hospice
  • Essential communication, mediation and advocacy skills for doulas
  • Overview of home funerals, green burial and after death care choices
  • Grief and bereavement support
  • End-of-life doula practice considerations
  • And more!
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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.


MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON! Get the best of both worlds ... experience the inspiration and community of an in-person skills-based training while you get well grounded in all the basics via our interactive, online classroom.

After registering, you will receive access to the first two (of ten) online modules. The online program is in development. Additional modules will become available in the online classroom in the coming weeks with a completion target date of August 1st.


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 classroom experience is the perfect complement to the thorough online training modules. Take a short tour of our facility.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will not be meeting in person through August and will hold the workshop component as a live, interactive session on Zoom. Read about requirements for Virtual workshops here.


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.

Gain access to bi-monthly live webinars with guest experts for continuing education and business development support.


Your instructor, Patty Brennan, has been supporting families to become their own best advocates and successfully navigate healthcare systems for the past 37 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.


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.


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

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

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