Wednesday, 14 September 2016

New Training Course | End of Life Doula | Trial Offer

As many of you will be aware, since the Ideal Death Show in 2015 we have been looking to develop our own End of Life Doula course in order to offer training to those who wish to support individuals at the end of their life.

We intend to officially launch the course early in the first quarter of 2017. The cost of the course has yet to be finalised but is expected to be comparable to our Diploma in Family & Funeral Celebrancy (Group Training Course)

It is anticipated that the End of Life Doula Course will be delivered in several locations around the UK / British Isles

The Course Leader will be Chele Lawrence who, as well as being one of us, has extensive experience in developing, drafting and delivering specialist training for Macmillan , Marie Curie and British Red Cross amongst many others.

End of Life Doula Training | Trial Offer

We are aware that many of our members have expressed an interest in this training. Although we believe the training is ready to go - we would like to complete a final trial on the course in order to dot any "i's" and cross any "t's" requiring attention.

To this end we are offering the End of Life Doula Training on a first come, first served basis to just Six (6) UKSOC Members Only for £275 each - inclusive of training, all materials and lunches. 

The Trial will take place in Whitstable, Kent 

Part 1 on 15 -16 October 2016

Part 2 on 12 -13 November 2016

To register your interest or speak to Chele - feel free to drop her a line at or send her a message via the UKSOC Celebrants Facebook Group.

To book, please complete the contact form to your right using your UKSOC Email address and an invoice will be forwarded to you.

So, what's involved?

Course Outline

The face to face course is made up of four days delivered in two sections and on the completion of each section participants will be requested to complete a portfolio and learning journal.

Day one of the course, which establishes the culture with its shared and experimental learning style, focuses on the role of the End of Life Doula, the importance of good communication in relation to identifying client’s needs, the principles of effective listening and responding, information giving and obtaining when supporting people at the end of their life.

Day two is a natural progression from day one as it builds on the skills and knowledge gained previously. It is not about turning individuals into trained counsellors but identifies that some skills counsellors use can help individuals to become better emotional and practical supporters.

For anyone working in the area of end of life it is important to understand how people are affected by death. The focus of day three is to understand the meaning and experience of loss and bereavement and its impact on others. We look at bereavement theories and rituals and participants are encouraged to explore their own experience in relation to loss and bereavement in order to gain an understanding of how to respond and support others.

Attention on day four is given to the personal impact of supporting end of life clients and the importance of self-care. Participants are shown how to help a client develop a plan enabling them to live and die in the place and manner of their choosing. Finally we cover some of the legal implications of being an End of Life Doula.

Many aspects of the course focus on self-awareness. Self-awareness involves being conscious of who you are and how you will react in certain situations which is very important as a supporter for end of life clients. Knowing how you react enables you to develop strategies of support.

Participants attending the course are asked to attend all four days teaching which are delivered over two months. Each day commences at 9.30 am and concludes at 5.00pm.

Time is given at the end of each two day session to focus on what participants need to do to complete their portfolios and learning journals. One month is given to complete the relevant work.

As participants progress through the programme they will gain useful skills and discover strengths which will help them feel confident in their abilities.