I first heard about End of Life Doulas in an interview on Radio 4. When I began investigating the options for End of Life Doula training some months later it was important to me to select the most comprehensive training possible. There are various courses available to train End of Life Doulas, Death Doulas or Soul Midwives. Some have training courses starting at two days and upwards.
The Living Well Dying Well programme stood out to me as it is the only training programme for End of Life Doulas in the UK which is externally accredited. The course itself consists of 20 full days of class based learning as well as an extensive portfolio of personal work and ongoing support and mentoring from Living Well Dying Well. Hermione Elliott who is the driving force behind the organisation is one of the most dedicated and open people you could wish to meet and from my first enquiry I was confident that I was making the right choice.
Living Well Dying Well organise a number of training courses each year and attendees range from health and social care professionals to those with an interest in death and dying or perhaps supporting someone themselves. Training takes place in Lewes in East Sussex and Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire.
The End of Life Doula Training consists of three parts:
Foundation level – 5 days classroom based learning + portfolio of work
Level II – 6 days of classroom based learning + portfolio of work
Level III – 9 days of classroom based learning + portfolio work
As of today I have completed and passed the Foundation level and I look forward to starting level II in early March 2018. My intention is to complete all three parts and achieve the full Diploma by the end of 2018. It will certainly be a challenge but one I am very much looking forward to!
To find out more about Living Well Dying Well End of Life Doula Training please visit their website by following this link.