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End of Life Doula Training

HELD: Help From an End of Life Doula LLP welcomes you to Death Doula Training. This three-day, intensive course will provide you with all the tools necessary to become a Soul Midwife, End of Life Doula, and/or Transition Coach (whichever term you prefer). By the end of this course, you will be able to guide, support, and hold space for dying individuals and those closest to them. There are numerous reasons individuals are called to pursue this work: you may have had a sacred experience around the death of a loved one, or perhaps you have felt that a death you experienced was actually lacking—even though at the moment you may not have been able to determine why.

During this training course, we will explore all aspects of Transitional Coaching with a specific focus on how death doulas preside over the flow of life.  As a HELD trained End of Life Doula, you will learn specific Principles of Interaction, which will become your touchstones. These principles will help ground you as you navigate the area of in-between, which is specific to death doula work, and necessary, as you hold space and allow your client to reach a place of grounded clarity.

This course experience is designed to model the specific type of communication and interaction that Death Doulas use, so we do not just talk about or “teach” these techniques—we experience, and practice them so that participants begin to embody them. Although this is a three-day training, the skills and techniques you will learn are impossible to perfect in this time; they actually become a life long practice because, in reality, this type of communication is something that we all continuously strive to achieve.

Michelle is a HELD™ certified End of Life Doula and facilitator, trained in Interdisciplinary End of Life and Palliative Care, and a master certified wellness guide. Following cancer treatment, Michelle embraced the power of storytelling and has been the keynote speaker for many events, including Survivors at the Summit, Intermountain Conference of Oncology Nursing Services, and Utah Survivorship Day.

Jude is a trained facilitator in Renewal and Wholeness, and Circles of Trust™ techniques, and has offered numerous workshops and trainings at colleges and universities for the past 11 years. Since these practices are instrumental in the work of Death Doula’s, you will learn the key aspects, as we incorporate them throughout this course.

In addition to providing practical information, we have designed this course so that everyone can practice grounding techniques, guided visualizations, and meditations. In our Death Doula Training, you will do your own individual work in community, and work in pairs, triads, and small groups.

This course will cover all aspects of working as a Death Doula. We will explore ways in which doulas help process guilt, shame, regrets, and unfinished business. We will define legacy projects, why they are necessary, and discuss the many different types of projects that fall under this category. We will detail self-care and discuss why is it important, and ways in which you can incorporate it into your daily routine (many care givers have difficulty remembering their own self care). Finally, we will explore the vigil in detail—attendance at the bedside of the dying person. Death doulas are present and conduct vigil as people are actively dying. Typically doulas work with the family and provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support around the clock during this time. The vigil process can be incredibly intense, but it is also immensely profound and beautiful. This course will give you a foundation on which to build the skills necessary to help individuals create their personal vigil space.