How to Become a Death Doula
An online course about
Opportunities in End-of-Life Services
You're curious about becoming a Death Doula,
but you don't know where to start.
As a practicing Death Doula, I'm often approached by people who have questions about the work I do.
There are many exciting opportunities for serving dying people and their families, but it can be challenging to figure out how you can fit in. I created this course to answer the most common questions I'm asked about how to get started.
The course teaches you about the different options for supporting people around death. I hope it inspires you to find your own path.
Sarah Kerr, PhD
Death Doula and Ritual Healing Practitioner
The 87-Second Overview
Get answers to common questions
I hear these questions again and again from people curious about working in this field:
- What is a Death Doula? What does a Death Doula do?
- What's the difference between a Death Doula and a Death Midwife?
- Are there other ways to work in this field, besides being a Death Doula or Midwife?
- What sort of education or training is required to become a Death Doula?
- If I need training, how do I pick the right program?
- Do I need to be certified or licensed to become a Death Doula?
- Can I make a living as a Death Doula? How much can I earn?
- Where do I start?
This course answers all these questions, and more.
It will help you decide if this path is for you, and show you where to begin.
This course is for you if...
You're a healthcare or funeral professional
You've had a career in nursing, social work, counselling, or funeral services.
You still love the work, and you're drawn to do it in a more meaningful way.
You've walked a loved one through death
You know from personal experience how challenging and important this time is.
You want to use the skills that you've developed to help others.
You're an innovator, artist, or entrepreneur
You see the need for services to support dying people and their families.
You have ideas and energy, and you want to learn about the opportunities.
You're making a career transition
You're starting, switching, or re-inventing your professional life.
You're looking for right livelihood, and a way to be of service in your community.
You know the path between the worlds
You're a shamanic healer, an energy worker, a death walker, or a veil crosser.
You want to add a new modality to the healing services you offer.
You can't explain it, you just know this is for you
The call to support people through death and loss comes from deep in the soul.
You're hearing this call inside yourself, and you want to follow it.
“Sarah is very respectful, compassionate and real. She lays it all out and is very generous in sharing her experiences within the community — the joys and struggles with regard to running this sort of business.
There’s a vacuum in our community regarding death. It’s very validating to learn from someone else working in this field.”
— Leah V.
Shorten your learning curve
If you're stepping into a new field, you can spend a lot of time and money learning your way around. There's so much you need to know in order to make good decisions.
The course will give you:
- A big-picture overview of the field of Death Midwifery
- First steps for those just beginning to explore this field
- Information about opportunities and challenges for death services entrepreneurs
- Resources and advice for those who want to support their families and communities
- A guide to successful practitioners and business models
- Specific suggestions on designing and delivering a service that people need and want
- Tips for describing and marketing your services so people can find you
I share everything I wish I'd known when I started my practice.
“I was drawn to this course because I was interested in getting into end-of-life work, but I was overwhelmed not knowing where to start, or whether I would be good at it.
I’m still overwhelmed, but in a good way — now I’m overwhelmed by the possibilities.”
— Michaela C.
"Sarah makes complex things simple and clear; her teaching style made it all really useful and interesting.
I learned about so many ideas of ways that you could be helpful for people who are dying and their families, and I got a lot out of the course.”
— Sophia L.
Take this short course before you commit to a larger training
This short, affordable course will give you all the background you need to evaluate which training is right for you. Use your time and money wisely, and learn more about the field before you commit to an expensive program.
Every death doula training is different. Make sure you choose the one that's right for you.
What the course includes
9 Video lessons
Recorded live in a small workshop setting
Links to the sites referenced in the lessons
Audio versions of all the video content
Learn more as your practice develops
Two important points
What this course is, and what it isn't
This course will teach you about Death Midwifery as an emerging profession. It doesn't teach the skills you need to serve as a Death Midwife or Death Doula.
After completing the course, you may decide that you want to learn more about a specific aspect of this field, and pursue training in that area.
The course will help you clarify what training you might need, and show you how to choose a program that's right for you.
Don't quit your day job yet
Death Midwifery is an exciting new field, and the aging Boomer demographic is creating opportunities for many new and innovative business models. It's important to know that this is not yet an established profession.
If you're drawn to supporting dying people and their families, it's a beautiful and inspiring way to make a living. Be prepared learn a lot, and grow your business organically.
Best of all, get ready to join some incredible, kind, and passionate colleagues, and to be part of creating an important and meaningful new social movement.
"Sarah is an eloquent ambassador for the pioneering work being done in this field, and she's so well spoken and well researched."
— Angela B
"Sarah has given me the inspiration, motivation and confidence to move forward with my ideas."
— Deb S.
What will I walk away with?
- A comprehensive understanding of what the Death Midwifery movement is, and how to get involved in it.
- A strategic perspective on the need for entrepreneurial and service-oriented businesses to support dying people and their families.
- Clear answers on questions of training, licensing, regulation, certification, insurance, and legal requirements.
- Insight and inspiration on how to leverage your current skills, training, and experience to begin offering Death Midwifery services in your community.
How long will it take me to complete the course?
The video teachings were recorded live in one day, so you'll be able to view them in less than that time. The supplementary resources can be reviewed on your own schedule.
Because you'll have lifetime access to the space and all its content, you'll be able to go back and access the whole course whenever you want.
When does the course start?
The full course is available as soon as you register. You may choose to watch it all in one day, or spread it out over a longer period.
What are the tech requirements?
Nothing special - just access to the internet and a computer.
Once you register, you'll be given a username and password, and a link to a private membership site with all the video, audio and written resources. You can watch/listen/read from there, or download them to your own computer.
"Sarah’s teaching is articulate, well thought out, and enthusiastically presented. It’s clear that she’s passionate about her work around death and healing.
This was a huge awakening for me and a powerful stimulus to seek more knowledge in this area."
— Ellen L.
"I came away with many questions answered but also a wider perspective, and realizing that each person could find their own unique niche to support this field of work.
I received way more insight and information than I was expecting."
— Julie S.