Death Doula Training Workshop Offered in Florida February 19 - 21, 2016

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Based on a model of care that has evolved out of the work of birth doulas, the International End of Life Doula Association's death doula training workshop teaches thoughtful planning for how the last days should look, sound, and feel – helping the patient and family to be more in control of how the dying process will unfold.

“The exercises, practice sessions, presentations, and vigil examples will teach you the spirit of what it means to serve as an end-of-life doula,” says Henry Fersko-Weiss. "And beyond that, what you learn has the potential to transform the way you live."

A “good death” sounds like an oxymoron to western ears. But over the last twelve years a new approach to the dying process has begun helping people see through the apparent contradiction in that phrase. The focus of this approach is on exploring life meaning, bringing a sense of reverence to the atmosphere around a dying person, and creative attention to maintaining the best quality of life right up to the last breath.

Death doulas, also known as death midwives or end of life doulas, are the group of professionals who guide and support the dying based on the new approach the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA) and others are promoting. Through their efforts, the idea of a good death is seeping into our collective consciousness.

INELDA is offering a 22-hour death doula course led by Henry Fersko-Weiss, co-founder of INELDA. Students will learn how to be an active listener, how to create and conduct guided imagery sessions, how to help a dying person and family plan for the atmosphere around the bedside, as well as use touch, holding of the patient, music, readings, and ritual.

The training is open to all who are interested in learning more about the role of death doulas. No previous hospice or medical experience required. It will be a transformative weekend filled with deep, meaningful work. Preregistration is required and space is limited.

Death Doula Training
Pompano Beach, Florida
February 19 - February 21, 2016

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About the International End of Life Doula Association:

INELDA is a nonprofit organization committed to helping hospices and palliative care programs create end-of-life doula programs using volunteers trained and certified by INELDA. The training programs offered by INELDA set the standard for professional end-of-life doula education.

INELDA is dedicated to the advancement of compassionate end of life care for the dying and support of their families through the use of certified end of life doulas. INELDA’s mission is to transform the dying experience into one that offers a deeper engagement with meaning, a greater understanding of how to honor the momentous nature of the dying process, and an appreciation for the benefit of experienced guides through the last days.

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