Become an End of Life Doula

Doula Training & Certification Program

“We learn how to live by bearing witness to the dying” 

What is an End of Life Doula?

An End of Life Doula (EOLD) is a nonmedical professional who is specially trained to care for people during their final stage of life. They provide holistic care physically, emotionally and spiritually to a dying person and their family.

The EOLD believes that dying is a natural part of life and should be treated as such.  The goal is to support a good death through honoring the wishes of the dying person and supporting the needs of the family.

The word Doula comes from an ancient Greek word loosely meaning “women helping women”. It’s modeled after the birth doula model.

Birth doulas help people enter the world while, EOLDs help people leave this world.

EOLDs follow a code of ethics, depending on where they receive their training.  For example, individuals who complete the PromiseCare Doula Professional training follow a Code of Ethics that are like the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics.

Ultimately, an EOLD is someone who accepts death as a natural part of life and treats it as such.  Their mission is to support people in dying on their own terms.

An End of Life Doula (EOLD) is a nonmedical professional who is specially trained to care for people during their final stage of life. They provide holistic care physically, emotionally and spiritually to a dying person and their family.

The EOLD believes that dying is a natural part of life and should be treated as such.  The goal is to support a good death through honoring the wishes of the dying person and supporting the needs of the family.

The word Doula comes from an ancient Greek word loosely meaning “women helping women”. It’s modeled after the birth doula model.

Birth doulas help people enter the world while, EOLDs help people leave this world.

EOLDs follow a code of ethics, depending on where they receive their training.  For example, individuals who complete the PromiseCare Doula Professional training follow a Code of Ethics that are like the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics.

Ultimately, an EOLD is someone who accepts death as a natural part of life and treats it as such.  Their mission is to support people in dying on their own terms.

The EOLD Certification Course is for people just like you – people who want to make a difference, see others wishes respected and be and advocate for and yes – create their own business and life they love.

You’re here if…

You’re here if…

You’re looking to enhance your end of life skills

You want to master your own voice as an expert in EOL Care

You want to establish the tools you need to effectively advocate your client’s dying wishes

You’re wanting to build your Professional confidence

You want to improve communication skills within the medical profession

Excited?  You should be!

Being an End of Life Doula is about supporting people to have integrity during the dying process.  It’s a privilege, beautiful and life-affirming work and we are here to help you create that work for yourself and your clients.

End of Life Doula is one of the fastest growing professions in the world.  As an End of Life Doula, your capacity to guide people through their end of life and advocate for their wishes and requests is limitless.  With the right training, support and guidance, you can build a thriving and successful business as an End of Life Doula working one on one with clients and their families, running workshops, delivering e-courses and speaking to audiences about things you are most passionate about.

I can’t thank you enough for offering this opportunity! The course was a perfect combination of “lecture”, reflection, and sharing. You have helped me to “name” my passion- Thank you!

Cathy S.

I’m excited to announce that PromiseCare Doula Network has partnered with Doulagivers to Bring You The End of Life Doula practitioners Certification Training.

This partnership is a beautiful compliment to each other. I created the Professional EOL Doula Training program to help EOL professionals gain confidence in their role at EOL regardless of what profession they are in. I know firsthand, the struggles professionals face trying to support a natural end of life in a professional setting. I will continue to provide new Professional EOL Doula Continuing Education programs approved by the National Association of Social Workers for CEU hours.
For individual who are interested in taking their EOL Doula education further, Doulagivers offers an EOL Doula Practitioners Certification training. The founder of Doulagivers, Suzanne O’Brian, has been a trailblazer in the EOLD movement, as well as my personal mentor.
Not only has Suzanne created a Certification training program, she is a founding member of NEDA -The National End of Life Doula Alliance will be setting the highest level of standards, ethics and scope of practice for the End of Life Doula Profession. They will be offering a National Neda Approved Certificate to all End of Life Doulas who have taken approved certification trainings that include the Neda Core Competencies. http://www.nedalliance.org
This partnership is a beautiful compliment to each other. I created the Professional EOL Doula Training program to help EOL professionals gain confidence in their role at EOL regardless of what profession they are in. I know firsthand, the struggles professionals face trying to support a natural end of life in a professional setting. I will continue to provide new Professional EOL Doula Continuing Education programs approved by the National Association of Social Workers for CEU hours.
For individual who are interested in taking their EOL Doula education further, Doulagivers offers an EOL Doula Practitioners Certification training. The founder of Doulagivers, Suzanne O’Brien, has been a trailblazer in the EOLD movement, as well as my personal mentor.
Not only has Suzanne created a Certification training program, she is a founding member of NEDA -The National End of Life Doula Alliance will be setting the highest level of standards, ethics and scope of practice for the End of Life Doula Profession.
They will be offering a National Neda Approved Certificate to all End of Life Doulas who have taken approved certification trainings that include the Neda Core Competencies.

This is an exciting time for the End Of Life Doula movement. The Future of Healthcare is going to be Non-Medical Specialists. Now National Initiatives have been put in place to support the end of life doula Profession.

For anyone taking Doulagivers Certification training through this link, you will receive 10% off the training.

For further information on Doulagivers EOL Doula practicioners training go to Doula Givers.

Be sure to sign up through the link on my website however to receive the 10% off!

The EOLD Certification Course Provides…

Confidence

Confidence and courage to become an Advocate for your client as you oversee the execution of their EOL plan

Skillset

You’ll develop new skills, learn processes that explore how to live through death and support your client’s wishes

Collaboration

Support and collaboration with other EOLD professionals gives you the support and empowerment you need to advocate

Confidence

Confidence and courage to become an Advocate for your client as you oversee the execution of their EOL plan

Skillset

You’ll develop new skills, learn processes that explore how to live through death and support your client’s wishes

Collaboration

Support and collaboration with other EOLD professionals gives you the support and empowerment you need to advocate

Our Program

Since there is no recognized End of Life Doula certification or license we have worked diligently to create a training that will apply to any professional. This training dives much deeper into the comprehensive aspect of what an End of Life Doula does, as well as, how important this position is with the wave of new end of life care options.

We know there are many options for training programs out there and urge any professional interested in taking this career path, to ask questions! We ask our candidates to contact us with any questions, concerns, or just general furthering interest. We strive to provide the best professional trainings and are working towards building a network full of excellence.

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Completing all three trainings and you will receive your Certification of Completion for the Promise Network’s Professional End of Life Doula Training.

Day 1: Full Day

TRAINING 1: FUNDAMENTAL EOL DOULA TRAINING, MODULES 1-3
(8:30am-5pm/no prerequisite)

Module 1: Professional Doula Training (1.5 CEU)
Module 2: Diving Deeper into Doulas (1.5 CEU)
Module 3: Inner Doula (1.5 CEU)

Dates Offered

CURRENT TRAININGS OFFERED IN GREENSBURG, PA

JANUARY:

Day One | January 11, 2019

Day TwoJanuary 12, 2019

Day 2: Full Day

TRAINING 2: ADVANCED EOL DOULA TRAINING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR EOL DOULA, MODULES 4-5
(8:30am-6pm/must have completed training modules 1-3)

Module 4: Bereavement and Grief Doula (1.5 CEU)

Module 5: Medical for the Non-Medical Doula (3 CEUs)

Business Development & Independent Contractors

EOL Doula Exam

Completing all three trainings and you will receive your Certification of Completion for the Promise Network’s Professional End of Life Doula Training.

Day 1: Full Day

TRAINING 1: FUNDAMENTAL EOL DOULA TRAINING, MODULES 1-3

(8:30am-5pm/no prerequisite)

8:30AM | Registration
9AM | Intro & Program Overview
9:15AM | Module 1: Professional End of Life Doula
10: 30AM | Break
10:45AM | Module 2: Diving deeper Into Doula
12: 15PM | Lunch on Your Own
1:30PM | Module 3: Medical for the Non-Medical
2:45PM | Break
3PM | Module 3: Continued
3:45PM | Questions & Module 1-3 Review
4:30PM | Conclude Day One

Day 2: Full Day

TRAINING 2: ADVANCED EOL DOULA TRAINING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FOR EOL DOULA, MODULES 4-5

(8:30am-6pm/must have completed training modules 1-3)

8:30AM | Registration
9AM | Module 4: Inner Doula
10:30AM | Break
10:45AM | Module 4: Continued
11:30AM | Lunch On Your Own
1PM | Module 5: Bereavement & Grief Doula
3PM | Break
3:15PM | Quiz/EOL Exam
4:15PM | Business Development for EOL Independent Contractors
5:30PM | Wrap Up

This training finally gives a name to the career I’ve always wanted to do. It is filled with useful information and has truly prepared me to help individuals in their end of life journey.

Karen R.

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As a Promise Care Doula, We Believe:

– Maintain basic human rights

– Be a mandated reporter

– Use our best use of abilities to provide quality care

– Continue to educate ourselves

– Subside own beliefs for the good of the client

– Unbiased care and support

– Compassion toward all nationalities, beliefs, and lifestyles

– Maintain professional standards

See our full Code Of Ethics here with details to get a better understanding of our structure and expectations for our group of EOL Doulas.

Welcome!

Welcome!

I’m so excited you are here!

My name is Beth Aungier, the co-founder and CEO of a hospice and End of Life Doula Company called Promise Hospice and PromiseCare Doulas, based in PA. I’m a Licensed Social Worker, who holds a BSW, and MSW from WVU. I am also the creator of PromiseCare Professional End of Life Doula Training Program. Upon completion of this program, individuals become Professional EOLDs.

Have you ever felt inadequate when trying to defend your patient’s wishes? Have you worked with dying patients, who have specific, clear end of life plans? Were those plans wiped away with the medical model of saving lives? It was those feelings of inadequacy that led me to create an End of Life Doula training program. This program provides individuals the ability to become professional end of life doulas, as well as receive continuing education for certain professions.

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FAQ’s

What is an EOL doula?
An EOL Doula is a non-medical professional who is specially trained to holistically care for people during their final stage of life. The care encompasses the whole person including their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and is designed after the birth doula model. Birth doulas help people enter the world and EOL doulas help people leave this world. The EOLD believes that dying is a natural part of life, and the ultimate goal is to honor the wishes of the dying person, while supporting the needs of the family.
What is an EOL Doula trained to do?
EOLDs are trained to develop an EOL Plan based on their clients’ needs and wishes. They understand that death is a natural part of life as they support their client, almost like a tour guide, through their end of life journey. Doulas assist with implementing the EOL plan by advocating for their client. If at any point, there is a deviation from the EOL plan, not requested by the client, the doula knows how to redirect family and medical personnel to the wishes of the client. Doulas educate clients and families on the signs and symptoms of the EOL process. Families and clients become familiar with the dying process and are able to understand and prepare for what is happening to them. They find comfort in what they understand, instead of fearing the unknown. Doulas also provide suggestions for alternative and holistic, pain control of symptoms. Doulas support end of life vigils and help families explore new ideas and options for home wakes and natural burials.
What is the difference between hospice and EOL Doulas?
An EOL doula does not provide medical care, where hospices do provide medical care.  Hospices are regulated by the Federal government and have specific rules and requirements. Paperwork is a crucial component of hospice care and takes up a lot of the caregiver’s time. An EOL doula can be exactly where the client needs them to be. EOL doulas go beyond hospice.
What do you mean by a good death?
A good death is dying on your own terms, pain-free, and with dignity. It is an end of life experience that is controlled by the client’s wishes. It is a death that is peaceful, calm, and free of any regrets. It is a death that family and friends, though saddened by the loss, have beautiful memories.

The modules were so descriptive and easy to follow that I finally have a grasp on the holistic approach of being a Doula. This training also really helped me understand the medical models of end of life care and how to steer individuals in making the best decisions for their care.

Missy P.