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11Death Doula Training Reviews. Uncovering the Mind-blowing Costs and Standards of this Unregulated Profession.

Editorial: The opinions in this article are mine. I am not an employee of any of the companies featured here. I do have an affiliation with IAP which is listed further down. If you purchase from them I may receive a payment. This is at no cost to you.

Hi and welcome,

This can be another work from home business/employment opportunity or even something more substantial.

It does come with emotional and mental challenges, and like many jobs, it is not something everyone can do.

However, there are those in the medical field that deal with this on a daily basis.

Here is what I found about being a death doula.

  • It is hard to find independent information to back up the claims about the training involved.
  • Most of the courses are quite good.
  • Many death doulas have Reiki certifications.
  • The certificates offered by many organizations are certificates for course completion only. Additional training / mentoring will be needed.
  • The costs varied from less than $500.00 to nearly $7,000.00
  • Doulas are unregulated in most countries

Eventually, these courses may lead to more formal recognition, where you will be able to accept Insurance / Medicaid/ Medicare or other National health payments.

Let’s take a look at these top 11 courses.

I am only looking at online courses (with one exception), that offer doula hopefuls a chance to have formal recognition, should a government or state get around to regulating this career.

This post is just for information. No payment has been received from any of these organizations.

Are Online Death Doula Courses a Scam?

Quite likely there are some. The ones in this review seem to be reputable and above board.

BUT- Sometimes it is hard to be sure there are no rats in the cheese factory.

Independent Death Doula training reviews are few and far between. Uncovering the mind-blowing costs and value of being certified in this largely unregulated profession was quite an eye-opener.

Ok, so what is a death doula?  Basically, it is a person at the bedside of the dying who is fulfilling roles that others can’t for a range of reasons, including time pressures.

Some of the courses reviewed here require you to have a police check, and a First aid / CPR certificate, prior to being issued with your certificate.

Even if it is not required, it would make sense (I think), that…

A. You can prove you are of good character

B. Have at the very minimum a first aid qualification.

Let’s take a look at death doula courses offered in the USA, Canada, England, and Australia.

Death Doula Training USA

There are numerous end-of-life doula courses offered throughout the USA, many are state-centric.

I just want to look at courses that are fully online, conducted on Zoom for example.

Here are three that offer full online learning (no matter where you reside), which you can use as a starting point.

The reality is, that most can be done from any country.

University of Vermont End of Life Doula Professional Certificate.

Although fully online they recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with their online learning system, Blackboard.

Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer.

It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.

Also, there is required reading of these two books:-

  • Final Gifts:- by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley. Copies of this book are readily available for purchase online, including cheap used copies. Or feel free to borrow it from your local library/hospice lending library.
  • Cultivating the Doula Heart: Essentials of Compassionate Care, by Francesca Lynn Arnoldy.
  • Copies are available for purchase online, at your local bookshop (by order), and at the Bookstore

At the conclusion of your course, you will not receive a letter grade but instead will receive a
digital badge.

All students who earn 70% or greater, based on the criteria below, will receive a digital badge and be able to download a certificate of completion.

  • Discussions: 50%
  • Assignments: 30%
  • Quizzes: 20%

Program cost and duration:-

  • Various starting dates throughout the year
  • Requires 7 – 10 hours per week.
  • The course duration is 8 weeks.
  • Cost – $800.00. to be paid 2 weeks before the start of the course. Payment plans are not available (yet).
  • Optional: Animal End of life Doula course. $600.00 for the 4 week certificate and $300.00 for the Alumni certificate.
  • Accreditation:- Professional Certificate, also eligible for 8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
  • Free, Bonus Modules: Doula Bag, Visit Ideas/Activities, The Emerging End-of-Life Doula Career (Meetings, Contracts, Business Considerations), Role and Scope Revisited

The course developer is Francesca Arnoldy. She is also the lead Instructor.

Screenshot of module 3 of the university of Vermont's End of Life Doula program. Used in the article Death Doula Training Reviews
Module 3 sample.

The Curriculum:- will present a wide variety of published information, interviews with industry
professionals, and chances for learners to examine their own experiences, beliefs, hopes, and fears about death and dying.

They intend to create a supportive learning experience with lots of opportunities
to build community, as the subject is intense, challenging, and affecting.

For the full curriculum go to thislink.

Lifespan Doulas.

Based in Michigan, this online program also includes birth doulas and postpartum doulas.

The beauty of this one is it is conducted on weekends.

National end of life doula alliance proficiency badge. Blue circle with white lettering, outside a white  circle with multiple colored joined hands and a heart in the center.
NEDA badge.

Because doulas are a largely unregulated “profession”, some trainers are making an effort to get recognition, thereby letting others involved in the industry, hospice, palliative care providers, funeral homes, etc., know that they have met certain standards and are competent professionals.

Lifespan Doulas is one business that is recognized as having the ethics and competencies to help guide, end of life doula trainers, end of life doulas and families.

Business InformationQualifications & Experience, contact details.
Founder: Patty Brennan BA40 years of experience as a doula, midwife, educator, author, nonprofit executive, and entrepreneur.
Based in Michigan. USAOffers a phone contact as well as email.
Courses offered1. Birth doulas
2. Postpartum doulas
3. End-of-life doulas.
4. Business development
Course delivery Can be completed totally online.

Program cost and duration:-

  • Available on weekends by Zoom. 10 am to 4 pm. Some weekdays are listed here.
  • Two choices. Self-paced learning 35 hours approx.
  • Interactive skills workshop12 hours approx.
  • Cost. $697.00. payment plan available.
  • You need an 85% pass to earn your certification.

You can find more information Here

Conscious Dying Institute EOL Doula.

They offer interactive and all virtual certificates across the US and beyond to become an End-of-Life Doula, Conscious Dying End-of-Life Coach, and Conscious Dying Educator

The training is interactive as well as Zoom presentations. Some of their courses are eligible for Continuing Nurse Education credits. (CNEs).

Regardless of background, this program is designed for anyone interested in exploring their own life and death and how to bring their wisdom in service to others facing critical illness and death

Conscious Dying Institute.

They also abide by NEDA Principles.

Courses are conducted throughout the year.

Who is Conscious Dying InstituteQualifications, Experience and Contact details
Founder. Tarron Estes. BA Tarron has worked with Health Care Systems and Senior Communities facilitating “End of Life Culture Change” and “Best Three Months: End of Life Fulfillment and Care Planning”
Based: Boulder, Colorado.With tutors and trainers in various other states.
Courses Offered and Costs.1. Intro to Conscious dying education. $195.00.
2. Scared Passage EOL Doula Certificate. $2,595.00. (111 CNEs).
3. Conscious dying EOL Coach. $1400.00 (71.5 CNEs)
4. Conscious dying Educator. $1395.00.
Course DeliveryCan be completed totally online.
Contact:Contact is by email or telephone.

Their certificate program is credentialed through the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  The CNE hours are recognized across all 50 states as well as Canada. Their CNEG ID is included on your certificate.

Duration of Courses.

Part of the Sacred passage End-Of-Life Doula Certificate Program

  • Increasing beauty, pleasure, and contentment.
  • Providing emotional and spiritual support.
  • Initiating conversations about the dying process.
  • Practicing self-care to reduce burnout and emotional fatigue.
  • Demystifying the stages of the dying process.
  • Acknowledging mysteries, miracles, and unexplained events.
  • Creating Ceremony & Ritual, Community Building, Business Development
  • Learning how to be with intense emotions, in self and others.
  • Honoring others’ beliefs while staying true to your own.
  • Being a steward of conscious death.
  • Attending at the bedside so that no one dies alone.
  • Community building.
  • Doula practice business development.

Their courses take between 4 and 6 months to complete.

See more at this link Here.

Final thoughts.

There are many more EOLD trainers throughout the USA.

The costs vary, the most expensive I have seen is this one which costs $6,970.00.

It might work for you, I am not judging it.

One thing to keep in mind is that End of Life Care may become eligible for Medicaid benefits in the years ahead, so choosing a quality course is likely to be acceptable to regulators/insurance providers and will be a benefit to your business.

Death Doula Training Canada.

Due to Covid, dedicated online programs in Canada seem hard to come by. Granted Canadians can just source a good course from the USA.

But here are a few Canadian courses that look good.

Some training providers have made “temporary” transitions, with the aim of going back to face-to-face classes at some point when restrictions ease.

The most dominant site I found in the Google searches for Canada, was for birth doulas and included a yoga modality. Not quite what I was looking for.

The Centennial College has been providing Thanatology (Death Studies), by distance education for some time.

There are 5 Modules priced at $395 each (total $1975.00). These are spread out over about a year. Obviously, it is an authority course, but I am looking at the online providers. If you want, you can research it at this link.

Currently, End of Life Doula work is not a regulated line of workso no certification is required.

Although End of Life Doulas are not regulated, The End of Life Doula Association of Canada is committed to establishing a community of practice for End of Life Doulas.

Let’s look at the first of two Canadian-based colleges that offer full online certificate doula courses.

Institute of Traditional Medicine.

A bit of a surprise here, it is one of only a couple that offers weekend tuition.

Canada’s first program in Contemplative End of Life Care provides training opportunities and mentorship for hospice staff, palliative care professionals, psychotherapists, health-care practitioners, social workers, spiritual care professionals and laypersons interested in acquiring competencies that would allow them to be of service to their communities within the discipline of end of life care

Institute of Traditional Medicine.
Founder / Organization type:- MultipleA community-based organization that also offers courses in areas of personal development, eastern medicine, etc.
Based and time in business:- Toronto, Canada. 16 years.
Courses offered and Costs:- Contemplative End of Life Care. $1950:00
Course Delivery:- Online. 5 modules spread over 5 months via a part-time weekend schedule. Certificate upon successful completion.
Contact Details.Able to be contacted by email or telephone.
Screen shot of the curriculum description for the Institute of traditional Medicine, used in the article, Death Doula Training Reviews
Screenshot of the curriculum description for the Institute of Traditional Medicine. The complete course requirements can be seen here.

Course Approach and Outcomes.

The EOL Doula course trainers come from a variety of backgrounds. Some also run clinics for acupuncture, and holistic nutrition, combining traditional indigenous medicine with conventional medicine.

Our training program introduces a contemplative dimension to end of life care through educating and enhancing a trainees’ fluency in the bio-psycho-social-spiritual and legal, ethical and medical dimensions of caring for the dying and preparing them to serve in a variety of environments including private homes, hospices, and community organizations.

Institute of Traditional Medicine.

For some, this course may seem a little esoteric however, it is a fully certified organization with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), and your participation is recognized throughout Canada.

It also provides students with Internship opportunities.

Douglas College End of Life Doula Course (BREV 1100).

This college offers conventional learning and many of its courses, once completed are awarded points / or diplomas or degrees.

Normally it is delivered in a classroom environment, however, due to covid, it has been offering courses online only.

Whether or not it stays that way (in particular for this course), remains to be seen.

Founder / Organization type:- Founded in 1970, Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in British Columbia, Canada, educating close to 25,000 students per year. It has 2 campuses in metro Vancouver and several smaller training centers throughout Canada.
Course and Cost:- Introduction to End of Life Doula. No formal prerequisites are required, but it is assumed you have passed grade12 English.
Cost $765.00. Additional costs are for course books that are required.
Course Delivery:- Online, weeknights, and weekends. There is a schedule of times on their website.
Course Duration:- 32 hours. Dates for classes on their website. Two hours for assignments.
Qualification:- Recognition of Course Completion upon successful completion.

Course Outcomes.

  • describe end of life care and the role of the End of Life Doula;
  • discuss a range of beliefs and practices surrounding death;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • understand the complexity of grief and demonstrate effective responses to expressions of grief;
  • understand and demonstrate the use of Advance Care Planning tools
  • understand the legalities of funeral practices in the Province; and
  • understand the End of Life Doula community of practice.

This course is graded on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.  Recognition of Course Completion for successful participants of the course is issued digitally, by the Department of Continuing Education, Health Sciences.

International Association of Professions Career College (IAP)

I have mentioned this one in another article, along with a very brief review.

Let’s take a closer look.

Founder / Organization type:-Founded 1999. IAP Career College is a division of FabJob Inc. With a team of respected academics, they have created online certificate programs for traditional and “non traditional careers”
Course and Cost:-Death Doula Certificate Course Online. Around $400.00, but depending on whatever deal they have, you could pay less at the time of booking.
Course Delivery:-Fully online. Additional resources are provided with PDFs (e-books etc;).
Course Duration:-6 weeks part-time. You may also choose to complete this course in any time from 4 to 12 weeks
Qualification:- Certificate upon successful completion
Screenshot of trust pilot rating for International association of professional careers college, showing 5 stars from 494 reviews. Used in the article, Death Doula Training Reviews.
This course is Rated 5 stars on trust pilot.

What is included in the course?

Briefly:- this course has 6 modalities covering 39 topics.

Which include:

  • Specializations required by death doulas
  • The duties of a death doula
  • Skill development
  • Business principles for death doulas wanting to start their own business.
  • How to get clients.
  • See more at the link below.

This is one of the few courses offering a Pet death doula module. Something I have noticed the others are reluctant to do.

The parent company of IAP is one of the bigger publishers of academic books, used in universities, libraries, and specialized training centers across the USA and Canada.

Click here for a Preview.

Home Hospice Association

This is Uniquely Canadian

On their Who we Serve page, I see the following.

Home Hospice Association believes where someone lives nor the size of their bank account should dictate what hospice care may be available to them. No one should have to leave their home to find compassionate, non-judgemental and dignified hospice care.  Regardless of what or where they define as home. Home Hospice Associations across Canada will mean an environment and a philosophy of hospice care will be available in any community. Because Home Hospice Association defines community, not just as geography, but also as a spiritual, social or cultural environment ultimately every Canadian, regardless of where or what they call home, will receive the care they need and deserve.

HHA who we serve description.

However, it is another that only transformed to online learning due to covid restrictions.

Still, it is no less intense a course, and you are required to complete assignments implementing what you have learned.

Let’s take a look at what they offer.

Founders:-  Founded in 2014 by Tracy Robertson, Jeanne O’Kell, and Glen Burkholder.  It is a Federally Recognized “Not For Profit” Corporation.  With an Official Charity Status and Number.
Course and Cost:- Death Doula Certificate Program. Access to ongoing monthly workshops. $700.00
Course Delivery:- Online with Independent assignments and weekend training.
Course Duration:- How ever long it takes, is about the best answer I can give. There are 2.5 days of Virtual learning, plus independent learning and workshops.
Qualification:-Certificate upon successful completion.

This is an NGO and it relies on donations for some of its funding. Its training was initially sourced from the USA.

These days they have their own training, and have also begun a thing called Death cafes.”

I found this interesting because apart from offering training HHA is also helping build communities not afraid to talk about death.

Again of interest, I see in the Bio’s that at least one trainer is a Reiki practitioner. A common theme through most of these businesses.

What is included in this course?

Briefly, it covers 4 modalities with

  1. Compassionate Caregiving (Online in Google Classroom), 7 topics.
  2. Independent Studies (Online in Google Classroom).  4 mandatory modules.
  3. In-class Sessions (Virtual in Google Meets). Two and a half days including topics such as:

      Grief & Bereavement, Advance Care Planning, Vigils and Living Wakes, Active Dying, Funeral Services.

4. Death Doula Projects & Assignments (Online in Google Classroom). 5+ Topics

Love them or not, NGOs do perform a valuable role in serving un-serviced areas, developing best practice learning materials, and also ( for better or worse), getting in the ear of government.

While most of the others I have in this review have modules on setting up and running a business (particularly IAP above), HHA does not.

You can see more at this link Here.

Final thoughts.

Among some of the best courses going. A couple are able to be done online from outside Canada.
Pricing may be a little on the high side for a couple of them. But overall I would say they are fair for what is being offered.

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Death Doula Training UK.

There are 5 on Google’s first page, but I was only interested in the online courses.

There were only two (I could find). One other with the message “they will resume well after covid.” The others are a hybrid (part online part face-to-face).

One other which although looking quite good, required 5 days of face-to-face “learning” for the foundation course, cost £675, plus accommodation if you take their “Residency” course.

From the foundation course, you could progress to the Diploma course which takes approximately 12 – 18 months to complete.

I couldn’t find a cost for this. To see more:- Link Here.

Soul Companions UK

This company offers full end of life doula training involving 14 hours of Virtual training and 120 hours of E-learning.

  • Soul Companions a Limited Company, registration number 11485752
  • Website:-
  • It is accredited by the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning.

The 4 people who are the face of the company are:-

Jane DepledgeDirector. An RN with over 30 years of experience. She was also a Nurse lecturer and is a Karuna and Usui Reiki master teacher as well as a practitioner
Kathryn TathamAdministrator. Formerly worked with the National Health Service
Amanda WaringSpeaker. She is the UK’s leading speaker, filmmaker, author, and trainer on Dignity and compassionate end-of-life care
Bep DhalwalTrainer. Winning a Nursing Times award in 2015 with the Macmillan Berkshire Wellbeing team – an award that recognized the value of the rehabilitation program for Cancer patients.

There are other trainers, but the above four are the face of Soul Companions.

A brief overview of Course Modules.

  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • What is spirituality
  • Exploring who You are (Thrive 365)
  • Communication skills 1
  • The palliative trajectory
  • Stages of dying
  • Advanced care plans
  • Consent
  • Boundaries and Limitations
  • Exploring Advocacy, Dignity, and Respect, Right to refuse as case studies
  • Cultural and religious practices
  • End-of-life care plan
  • Social health systems – who to work with
  • Basic meditation (mindfulness runs through all 4 modules)
  • What is a Doula?

Course Outcomes.

  1. Know different perspectives on death and dying
  2. Understand how individuals are affected
  3. Understand the dying and grieving trajectory
  4. Outline factors that affect our views on death and dying and the bereavement experience


Looking through their website this is all they do.

Looking through the owner’s profiles, they are all highly experienced in Health care and business management.

They comply with all the laws required in the UK and tick all the boxes for quality assurance, including having a complaints procedure.

The Health and Safety Group Ltd.

I was tossing up whether or not to include this one.

Head Office:-566 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4 5YF. Company Reg No. 5250327

This is a legitimate company that specializes in offering health care courses for Nursing staff and Care professionals. It is a “Skills for Care” endorsed provider.

However, not all potential death doulas are medical professionals, and not all people nearing the end of their life are in palliative care.

It offers course bundles at discounted rates or single courses.

The prices seem inexpensive, but there will upsells. The final cost to depends on the bundles you order.

The training lessons are designed for the student to come away with the following understanding:-

  • Understand and know how to apply the 6 principles of end of life care
  • Describe the holistic approach to palliative care
  • Understand the pain assessment process
  • Describe the types, symptoms, and treatments of pain
  • Explain the different types of palliative care emergencies
  • Describe effective communication methods and highlight communication barriers
  • Explain the advanced care planning and decision-making process
  • Understand the legislative requirements surrounding end-of-life care
  • Discuss ways to improve patients’ wellbeing
Screen shot of Health and Safety Groups End of life rating. Used in the article, Death Doula Training Reviews

Cost:- £14.95 or buy a bundle of health care courses for £19.95.

This is really to give trainee nurses a background in Palliative care, although a death doula may find this course useful as well.

Final thoughts

There are other options, but most are smaller private tutors.

Death Doula Training Australia.

Death doulas are becoming increasingly popular in Australia.

Outside of religious and medical training, there is one *state-approved course, which offers a “Certificate IV” course in EOLDD (end-of-life death doula).

A certificate IV in any subject allows you to train others.

From my research I found Five training providers- I am sure there are more out there.

  • Preparing the WayHelen Callanan:- Offers an Accredited course. $2500.00
  • Life OptionsDenise Love. Ex Nurse and midwife who runs training by Zoom call, cost around $595.00. No mention of accreditations. I need to research this more.
  • Death Walker – Zenith Virago. He only began online training on April,1/ 2022, after 25 years of face-to-face “events” at various places in Australia and New Zealand. Costs around $895.00. No mention of accreditations.
  • Gentle Death Education and Training– Dr. Annetta Mallon Ph.D. Offers 4 Tiers and 2 Masterclasses for $3,300. No mention of Accreditations.
  • Australian Doula College:- Sydney. Government accredited Training. Costs Unknown.

Only two with government-recognized accreditations. These are the two I will look at.

I am not being critical of the others, as they seem quite good and are heavily involved in charity work, in Australia and O/Seas.

A look at Preparing the

Owner FounderHelen Callanan. 1986. Website Preparing the Way
Location Sunbury, Victoria. Australia
CoursesOffers government-recognized accredited courses for End of Life Doulas which can be taken entirely online.
MembershipsNational Death Advocacy Network (NDAN)

Their about page states:-

An Australian network and advocacy partnership of community facilitators, professionals, activists and educators working to enrich the experience of dying and death.

She has various websites, some have “End of Life Care” somewhere in the title.

Helen was also part of a T.V. documentary that aired on Australian television back in April 2021.

The costs for death doula training found on the “Preparing the way” website were:-

  • $495.00 for a one-day or two half-day course delivered over Zoom.
  • $1995.00 for an intensive 4-day course (delivered over Zoom).
  • Plus bonus access to a 6 part masterclass covering:- Advance Care Planning, Ethics, and Documentation, Branding and Marketing, Holding a Death Cafe, Making Kick Ar*e Presentations

What this Program Includes.

The Foundation course which is a prerequisite for doing the intensive course:-

  • What holistic palliative care is (not just the medical/clinical version)
  • What is conscious dying?
  • What are our death and end-of-life preferences and how do we ensure we get them?
  • How do we support our person dying at home if that is what they prefer?
  • How do we retain capacity, control, and choice around our own end of life?
  • What are all the parts of paperwork and other plans we need to consider?
  • What is the difference between how care is provided in a hospital, palliative care unit or hospice?
  • What are the 10 stages of the end of life and what do I need to know about them:
    –    What conversations are relevant
    –    What resources are relevant
    –     What planning is relevant and how do I best support someone in those stages?
  • Who and what a doula is and what is it they actually do?

The 4-day intensive course includes:-

  • The essence of “service”
  • Planning and questioning in communication
  • Complementary therapies, meditation, and related practices
  • Pain versus suffering – their nuances and support strategies
  • Compassion: boundaries and burnout
  • Bereavement, grief, and loss
  • The law across the states of Australia (and New Zealand for NZ-specific training)
  • Sudden, accidental, and traumatic deaths
  • Practical skills for after-death and home-based body care
  • Natural burial and cremation options
  • Planning a funeral/memorial
  • Self-care and resilience

Again not inexpensive, nearly $2500.00. But the courses do have authority in that they have government accreditation.

The Australian Doula College.

This college offers either online training or face-to-face training that includes Birth Doulas and Death Doulas.

Owner/ FounderRenee Adair Website:- ADC
Location:Sydney, Australia. Also has trainers in Melbourne and Brisbane.
Courses Offers government-recognized courses for birth and end-of-life doulas. Can be taken entirely online.
Memberships/ PartnershipsCharles Darwin University, Southern Cross University, and other NGOs

Costs for their courses are not available on the website, you need to apply for an enrollment pack.

Renee Adair helped with the launching of Preparing the Way with Helen Callanan.

You are also encouraged to become a member of ADC for $198.00 a year, which offers access to other learning benefits.

One benefit of training with the Australian Doula College is they also have a job board, where they will send a student (well advanced in their studies), to gain some experience.

These all count toward the points required for Certificate IV.

Final thoughts

There is no governing body for end-of-life doulas in Australia, and no *federal or state accreditation.

*Note: While a course can have accreditation, the calling (career) may not be recognized as a core skill within a field. It is a bureaucratic thing that Australia is renowned for.

Australia has an increasingly aging population, and health care for aging people is struggling with nurses, aged care workers, and palliative care workers in short supply due to covid restrictions.

In-home care is becoming increasingly common as more people choose to pass away in their own homes.

INELDA End of Life Doula Training.

World wide Training.

INELDA stands for International End of Life Doula Association.

At its core, this model of care is about open-hearted service. The doula meets with the dying person and their loved ones where they are emotionally and spiritually. The doula assists all involved to find a way to live their dying in the best way possible for them. At the same time, the doula will utilize their experience and expertise to offer expanded view of dying that can bring greater meaning and comfort to this intense process. 


While most of the training above is also available online and worldwide, this one has a prominent position in Google searches.

Let’s take a look at it.

Founded:-  2015. As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Henry Fersko-Weiss, Sue Cohen  Janie Rakow, Meredith Lawida, and Jeri Glatter.
Location Jersey City, N.J. USA.
Course and CostHospice Doula Training. $650.00Discount for Nurses. Refunds are available if you cancel 2 weeks before the course less a $50.00 Admin fee.
Course Duration4 weeks. Wednesday evenings and Saturday online sessions, plus independent work. 40hours for Nurses.
QualificationAfter completion of this training, you can apply to do their certification credential.

Course Details.

This course has some prerequisites:

  • 3 weeks before the start of the course you will be sent a PDF file of the class manual.
  • There is also 10-12 hours of videos and other independent work to complete before the online training begins.

You need to plan your daily activities well while you are doing this course, as you are only allowed to miss one (1), online training session.
Miss two (2) or more, and you will have to transfer your training to a future course.

This course has a series of topics based on 3 modalities.

  1. Summing up (the situation) and Planning
  2. The Vigil
  3. Reprocessing and Early Grief.

Overview of the Training.

  • Pre-work—video segments and exercises that take an average of 8 hours
  • Live Zoom or in-person sessions—3 weeks or 3 days totaling 25 hours
  • Two trainers per session—presenting the material and responding to students
  • Small group and pairs exercises—to experience and practice doula skills
  • Q&A sessions—between live sessions during the course
  • A 250-page manual—with fuller written explanations, PowerPoints, and resources 

After completion of this training, you will be monitored and assessed by a qualified doula to achieve your certification.

In House Hospice Doula Training

INELDA offers customized training services, by providing programs based on the unique aspects of each organization or community.

These services include:-

  • Free initial consultation to discuss your unique situation
  • Creation of a design that fits your needs and budget  
  • Meetings with leadership regarding program goals and concerns 
  • EOL doula training for volunteers/staff, in person or virtually
  • Train-the-Trainer option for staff and ongoing support
  • Monthly follow-up for 6 months to advise on program operations
  • Peer support for doulas and targeted ongoing education 
  • Forms, policies, job descriptions, and program announcements

INELDA has trained people from many countries including, USA, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom

Final thoughts.

By all accounts, this is a well-established reputable business, with in-depth training.

One of the trainer’s Bio states she “Was an educator at John Hopkins School of Nursing, as well as being a level 1 Reiki practitioner.” 


While some of these courses have a sameness about them, with the major variation being the cost, they are only the beginning steps to becoming an EOL doula.

All of them offer resources for external help, mentoring, development of your skills, and self-care.

I have mentioned Reiki a lot. It seems to be a common theme among doulas anywhere in the world to practice their self-care.

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