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End-of-Life Doula Training

Learn with the person who sparked the
contemporary end-of-life doula movement.

End-of-life doulas provide non-medical care to dying individuals and their loved ones in the form of emotional, spiritual, and informational support and guidance. Their gift of presence, a focus on meaning-directed life review, and insight into the dying process can make the difference in how everyone involved experiences the final journey of a life. It is a role that is beginning to gain recognition and respect as an essential part of death care in our society.

 

Too many people die in fear, loneliness, and regret. And those who care for them suffer the emotional exhaustion, confusion, and even panic that comes from being ill prepared. You can make a difference by becoming an end-of-life doula and serving from your heart. You can return a sense of the sacred to a process that has become overly medicalized. Answer the calling that brought you to this website page by learning to do this profound and rewarding work.

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Overview

This live virtual class combines lecture, case examples, guided meditations, discussion, and experiential exercises. You will explore internally, and through engagement with others in the class, what it means to be dying. You will discover how different illnesses impact the dying process, how to facilitate advanced directives from a doula perspective, and how to provide emotional comfort to the dying and their loved ones by using powerful doula techniques.

 

You will learn how to remain open and available at intense moments, as well as how to honor culture and human differences. In addition, you will learn the basics of starting and maintaining a private practice. By the end of the class you will know what it means to be an end-of-life doula serving people with a terminal illness or loved ones who have suffered the sudden death of someone near and dear to them.

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Schedule

The training is spread over a period of 4 weeks (see details below)

 

October/November

October 19 - Wednesday - 7:00-10:00 pm ET

October 22 & 23 - Saturday & Sunday - 9:30 am-1:30 pm ET

October 26 - Wednesday - 7:00-10:00 pm ET

November 2 & 9 - Wednesdays - 7:00-10:00 pm ET

November 12 & 13 - Saturday & Sunday - 9:30 am-1:30 pm ET

November 16 - Wednesday - 7:00-10:00 pm ET

 
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About the Instructor

In 2003, I created the first structured doula program in the United States at a hospice in New York City. Based on the work of birth doulas, it was the spark that ignited the contemporary end-of-life doula movement. Although I was a licensed clinical social worker, and had been working at hospices for a decade, the doula work transformed how I served the dying.  I continued to work as a social worker and administrator in hospice until 2014. At the same time, I also did direct doula work for hundreds of people and their loved ones—which I still do today.  Through the doula programs I created in hospices, and my public teaching that began in 2007, I have taught thousands to do this incredibly meaningful work across the U.S., Canada, and in Singapore.

After leaving my hospice work in 2014 I cofounded and led the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA), an organization at the forefront of the current movement. I also wrote the book Caring for the Dying, which was selected by the Library Journal as one of the best healthcare books of 2017. It was later reprinted under the title, Finding Peace at the End of Life and has been published in several countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

 

At the end of 2021 I resigned my position with INELDA to have more personal time and to get active again in direct service to the dying, as well as teaching and mentoring doulas. Teaching and mentoring give me the opportunity to share what I have learned from the dying and those who care for them over my two decades of service as a doula and a hospice social worker.

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