Death Doula Training Options – Overview

September 26, 2016

We’ve Several Death Doula & Mourning Doula Training Options – Whose Ready To Explore?


Check out a quick overview of program options below, but make sure to check out our Virtual Interview, too, a Q&A process to discern which option best meets your needs.

First, know the “Why?” of your training. Folks pursue Death & Mourning Doula Training for a number of reasons, including:

  • To pursue supporting more conscious informed engagement with death and funeral as their primary career role
  • To enhance an existing career in work such as nursing, social work, CNA, hospice, or ecclesiastic
  • For their personal use with family and friends, helping be a better-informed support at times of crisis, while also helping loved ones find more cost-effective solutions
  • For the simple fact of peace-of-mind, knowing they are prepared for their own decisions, and to meet whatever comes their way

Most find that despite the training option they pursue, they are able to offset the cost of training with either a small handful of clients, savings on their own planning process, or savings experienced when they’ve lost a loved one. While money is secondary to the emotional benefit, it is justifiable to express that, if applied, you can nearly always offset your training costs over time, even if you’re not looking to work in this field.

NOTE: In 2017 I will be dramatically reducing the number of students I train. While I LOVE training others to do this work, I give a high level of energy to students, and I’m working to restore balance between training and serving clients.


OPTION A: Complete 6-in-1 Death Doula Training Program, Special Edition

This course trains you in 6 certification areas of mastery, providing the greatest level of flexibility in terms of service and support you can offer, as well as in terms of flexibility. The Special Edition contains a number of additional supports beyond the 20 week training, including access to the Six Week Business Quick Start Class, The Life Review Intensive Class, Creating Amazing Info Sessions, and Self-Care for the Care Professional; a number of live phone-based coaching sessions with me, following your training; live webinars during the semester. If you meet all of the requirements, you will receive lifetime certification in the Momdoulary Method of Death Doula Support.

THIS IS, HANDS DOWN, MY RECOMMENDATION FOR ANYONE LOOKING TO MAKE A GO OF SERVING AS A DEATH DOULA AS THEIR PRIMARY VOCATION. It is also great for those looking to enhance their career, or provide a serious level of support for loved ones. This is based on the method I use, and what I believe to be the way to truly step up, to commit to this path. If you’re ready to invest in your path, I will be enrolling 12 students in the Fall Special Edition Class, 2017, and 12 Students in the January 2018 Special Edition class. These are the only times I foresee offering this class in between Fall 2017 and January of 2019.

OPTION B: Modified 5-in-1 Death Doula Training

This is a 16 week modified version of the Complete 6-in-1 Training. It features one less mastery area, but more importantly, IT ONLY PROVIDES GROUP FEEDBACK, INSTEAD OF THE ONE-ON-ONE FEEDBACK OF THE COMPLETE 6-in-1 Training. It also doesn’t include things like the phone-based coaching sessions.

This class is good for those looking to enhance their existing career or provide support for loved ones, or to work part time in this field. Keep in mind there is only group feedback. If you like a lot of support, this is NOT the class for you.

If you meet the requirements, you will receive certification. Please note: We have a few seats left in the Fall 2017 Class; I do not foresee this course being offered again until 2019. We are only taking twelve students total in this program during the Fall of 2017.


OPTION C: 3-in-1 Death Doula Certificate Class

This is NOT a Certification class, though you WILL receive a CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, indicating you have successfully passed the class, once you have done so. This is a 10 week SELF-DIRECTED class, with NO instructor support. You will cover enough information to provide end-of-life doula, death vigil, and home funeral support for loved ones, and to dabble a bit to see whether or not you like this industry. It can be a great stepping stone to the other programs.

This class is great for those looking to enhance their understanding, to feel better prepared for their own considerations, and to support loved ones; it could be a good start for those looking to enhance their existing career.

The 2017 sessions are completely filled. Contact us to be added to the wait-list.