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Death Doula Trainings & Workshops

Become a Certified Death Doula at
Gentle Passage Doula Collective

Our certification programs provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to become empathetic and skilled Death Doulas. As society becomes more death-positive, there is a growing need for compassionate end-of-life care professionals. 

Our experienced instructors guide you through each program, providing hands-on training, group discussions, and engaging lectures. Whether you are a caregiver, health professional, or someone who wants to make a difference in the lives of others, our Death Doula training programs offers the opportunity to make a profound impact in the lives of those who need it the most.

A Holistic Approach

We firmly believe in a holistic approach to end-of-life care at the Gentle Passage Doula Collective. Our training takes a 360-degree approach to death - emotional, spiritual, and practical - recognizing that each individual's journey is unique and multifaceted.  

 

We equip our students with a comprehensive skill set that includes active listening, communication techniques, comfort measures, grief support, and understanding diverse cultural practices surrounding death and dying.

 

By fostering a deep sense of empathy and compassion, we enable our students to provide personalized care and support, honoring the values, wishes, and beliefs of those they serve.

Responding to Evolving Needs

Our founders recognized that the traditional healthcare system often falls short when addressing people's emotional and spiritual needs nearing the end of life. The rise of Death Doulas—a supportive presence that offers guidance, companionship, and comfort during this transition—has emerged as a crucial element in providing comprehensive end-of-life care. ​

 

The Gentle Passage Doula Collective aims to meet this growing demand by offering a specialized training program that combines evidence-based practices, experiential learning, and the wisdom gained from our founders' collective expertise. Through our training, we empower individuals to step into the role of a Death Doula and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing the end of life. 

 

Training takes place in person in the Seattle area. Ongoing support takes place online.

A full online certification course is in the works and coming soon! 

In-Person Death Doula Certification Program

Immerse yourself in our transformative 2-day in-person Death Doula training on weekends in the Seattle area. Our training is an intimate experience, allowing you to connect deeply with a small community of committed fellow students. Participating in this in-person training paves the way for meaningful careers or collaborative work in end-of-life care communities. 

Upon completion, graduates are awarded a comprehensive Death Doula certificate, recognizing their commitment and expertise in this vital field. Don't miss this opportunity to engage in a hands-on, immersive learning experience that will shape your journey as a compassionate and knowledgeable professional Death Doula.

CEUs: Graduates earn 14 hours of continuing education credits via the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and Leading Age Washington.

In-Person Death Doula Training Curriculum

Day One Training

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Module 01 - What is a Death Doula?
Module 02 - Death Doula Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice
Module 03 - Legal Elements of Advance Care Planning
Module 05 - Essential Communication Skills for Death Doulas
Module 06 - Creating a Legacy and Life Review
Module 07 - A Plan for Dying at Home
Module 08 - The Death Doula's Role in Pain Management

Day Two Training

8:30 am - 5:00 pm 

Module 09 - Holding a Vigil
Module 10 - Rituals for the End-of-Life
Module 11 - Providing Spiritual Support as a Death Doula
Module 12 - Funeral and Celebration of Life Ceremonies
Module 13 - Grief: How Death Doulas Support the Grieving
Module 14 - Self Care Practices for Death Doulas
Module 15 - Community Resources 

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Virtual Death Doula Certification Program

Embark on an enriching and flexible journey with our comprehensive 8-week online Death Doula training program. Designed to accommodate your schedule and location, this immersive training allows you to delve into the profound field of end-of-life care from anywhere with internet access. 


Throughout the 8 weeks of training, you will receive expert guidance, engaging coursework, and interactive discussions with experienced instructors and join a supportive community of fellow learners. 

Upon graduation, you will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to offer compassionate care and guidance to individuals and families navigating the end-of-life journey. Join us for this transformative online training and embark on a rewarding path as a certified Death Doula.

CEUs: Graduates earn 14 hours of continuing education credits via the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and Leading Age Washington.

Virtual Death Doula Training Curriculum

Week 1 | Virtual Training

Module 01 - Introduction to Becoming a Death Doula
Module 02 - What Is An End of Life Certification?
Module 03 - Death Doula Code Of Ethics and Scope Of Practice

Week 2 | Virtual Training

Module 04 - Legal Elements of Advance Care Planning

Module 05 - Essential Communication Skills for Death Doulas

Week 3 | Virtual Training

Module 06 - Creating a Legacy & Life Review

Module 07 - A Plan for Dying at Home

Week 4 | Virtual Training

Module 08 - A Plan for Dying at Home

Module 09 - The Death Doula's Role In Pain Management

Week 5 | Virtual Training

Module 10 - Author Barbara Karnes Video & Discussion

Module 11 - Vigils, Death Rituals and Anointing Ceremonies

Week 6 | Virtual Training

Module 12 - Providing Spiritual Support as a Death Doula

Module 13 - Funeral Planning & Life Celebration Ceremonies

Week 7 | Virtual Training

Module 14 - Grief: How Death Doulas Support the Grieving

Week 8 | Virtual Training

Module 15 - Self Care Practices for Death Doulas

Module 16 - Community Resources

Module 17 - Putting it all Together

Gentle Passage Death Doula Workshops 

Monthly Death Cafe

Join us for an open and thought-provoking conversation at our Death Cafe. This safe and supportive gathering, hosted by experienced Death Doulas, invites individuals to openly discuss death, dying, and related topics. Explore thoughts, fears, and questions about mortality in a relaxed and non-judgmental environment. Gain insights and foster a deeper understanding of death as a natural part of life. Whether you seek solace, curiosity, or connection, the Death Cafe welcomes everyone to join this meaningful conversation and explore the many facets of mortality.

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