An emerging field that is creating a new profession, End of Life Doulas or Death Doulas, are bringing deeper meaning and greater comfort to the dying.

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Due to demand for training, the leading organization of this new profession, the International End of Life Doula Association, is conducting monthly trainings.

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Open your heart to the dying.

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

A “good death” sounds like any oxymoron to western ears. But over the last fourteen years a new approach to the dying process has begun helping people see through the apparent contradictions 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.

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

INELDA is offering a 22-hour end of life doula course. Students will learn how to be deep-active listeners, how to create and conduct guided visual imagery sessions, and how to help a dying person and family plan for the atmosphere around the bedside. Subjects covered: how to use touch, hold the dying person, provide music, readings, and ritual.

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

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