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: As of 2018 I will be dramatically reducing the number of students I train as I will be traveling the world as part of an international educational exchange.


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 great for those who want a highly nurtured, supported path toward their new career. The indivdualized feedback can feel personal and connected. 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 February Special Edition Class, 2019, and that’s it for the year.

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. I still love this course, it gives you the same material (minus one area of mastery), but without the individualized feedback. It also doesn’t include the phone-based coaching sessions. It does, however, include all of the other goodies, such as the Business Quick Start and Life Review Intensive classes.

If you’re ok working in a mostly self-directed way, with minimal engagement with an instructor, yet still having the ability to engage with other students, and having some level of feedback, this may be the program for you.  If you like a lot of support, the COMPLETE 6-in-1 Training class above would likely be the better option for you.

Please note: Laura has added one session for 2019, beginning in February.

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

This is NOT a Certification class, as it is self-directed, and Laura cannot attest to how you utilize the material, only that you met requirements for passing the course offering – 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 2018 sessions are completely filled. Contact us to be added to the wait-list.