Become a Death Doula

You will learn: what a death doula does, how to support and comfort the dying and their loved ones, how to develop your skills to succeed as an end-of-life doula, and how to start your own death doula business and attract clients.

What Happens in the Death Doula Certificate Course Online

The Death Doula Certificate Course is an online death doula training with suggested readings from the textbook (IAP Career College Guide to Become a Death Doula). This course is self directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home. In this course, you will learn how to become a death doula and earn death doula certification.

This part-time online Death Doula Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Death Doula Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 6 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course and advice to help you succeed in the career.

Course Topics

The online Death Doula Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Death Doula Certificate you will earn from the International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College).

How to Become a Death Doula

Through this online death doula training, you will learn how to become a death doula and earn death doula certification. Topics covered in this Death Doula online certificate course include:

Introduction

  • Why Death Doulas Matter
  • How Death Doulas Differ From Other End-of-Life Professionals
  • The End-of-Life and Dying Industry

Death Doula Specializations

  • Elder Care
  • Providing Support and Comfort to the Terminally Ill
  • Respite Care for the Family
  • Facilitating Legacy and Life Review Project
  • Conducting Living Funerals
  • Planning and Conducting Vigils
  • Mourning and Post-Loss Support
  • Facilitating with Post-Death Home Organization
  • Pet Doula Death Services

What an End-of-Life Doula Does

  • Tools of the Trade (and How to Use Them)
  • How to “Hold the Space” for Someone
  • Initial Consultations: Deep Listening + Empowerment
  • Talking About Life and Dying
  • Discussing Advanced Care Directives
  • Discussing After-Death Body Care, Burial, and Funerals
  • Understanding the Needs of the Dying
  • Using Traditional and Newly Created Rituals
  • Educating the Family on the Dying Process

Developing Your Skills

  • Essential Skills for Death Doulas (Ethical Awareness, Self-Care Skills and More)
  • Getting Comfortable with Death and Dying
  • Learning From End-of-Life Experts
  • Volunteer Experience for Prospective Death Doulas
  • End-of-Life Doula/Midwife Training Programs

Starting a Death Doula Business

  • Business Planning
  • Choosing a Business Name
  • Choosing Your Location
  • Employees and Contractors
  • Setting Your Fees
  • Getting Paid
  • Client Contracts

Getting Clients

  • Your Target Markets
  • Promotional Tools
  • Marketing Techniques
  • Getting Free Publicity
  • Conducting Workshops and Seminars
  • Selling Your Services

What Is Included in the Death Doula Certificate Course Online

This all-inclusive Death Doula Certificate Course Online package includes:

  • Registration for the Death Doula Certificate Course Online (death doula training)
  • Access to a Faculty Member to provide you with personal teaching assistance and business advice
  • (Optional) 2024 membership in the IAPO International Association of Professional Death Doulas for only $2.99 per month
  • Downloadable Death Doula Certificate (Death Doula Certification) personalized with your name and the seal of the International Association of Professions Career College which you may print
  • (Optional) Opportunity to order official certificates printed on fine linen paper and embossed with the gold seal of the college
  • Textbook: IAP Career College Guide to Become a Death Doula (e-book edition)

Register for the Death Doula Certificate Course

$189.00
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Our online certificate courses have previously been offered for a registration fee of $297 U.S. and include a textbook and professional membership – a total value of almost $377.

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About a Career as a Death Doula or End-of-Life Doula

When you become a death doula, you will have an important and rewarding career helping people face death with a little less fear and a little more love.

A death doula, also known as an end-of-life doula, is a support person who provides nonjudgmental, non-medical holistic support to those nearing the end of life. A death doula also typically offers support to the friends and family of the elderly, dying, or recently dead. End-of-life doulas may serve…

  • the elderly (possibly for years before their death is due for arrival)
  • the terminally ill, at any age
  • the grieving, those who have lost or are about to say goodbye to a loved one
  • those facing the loss of a pet or beloved animal
  • those not near death but who want to wrestle with and confront their mortality now
  • those looking to practically plan for their end-of-life care and final burial or funeral, at any age, regardless of health status

End-of-life doulas hope to bring comfort and peace to the very last seconds of every person’s time in this world. Words to describe you may include: brave, gifted, intuitive, and compassionate. You may feel called to do this work.

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Would you prefer to earn an End-of-Life Doula certificate? This course content is also available in the End-of-Life Doula Certificate Course. Note: students may take either the Death Doula course or the End-of-Life Doula course, not both.
My experience with IAP Career College was exceptional! I loved how the courses get right to the main points and you learn so much in a short period of time.
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A certificate from the International Association of Professions Career College may give you:

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  • Assurance to clients of your professionalism
  • Evidence of your expertise
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  • How Much Money Does a Death Doula Make?
    Death doulas may set an hourly rate, a per service rate or a per package rate. The average hourly rate for consultation-like death doula services—legacy review projects, advanced care directive writing, vigil planning—is around $100 to $200 per hour. Usually, doulas require a minimum number of hours with that fee (typically two to four hours, depending on the service.). If the service is more like elder care support, respite care services, or sitting at the bedside to offer a client comfort, the per hour charge is typically between $25 and $50 per hour. When charging per service, end-of-life doula fees for advanced care directive planning or vigil planning range from $250 to $500, on average. For legacy work, the per service charge may range from $250 to $1,000, depending on the time and complexity of the project and support being offered. For a living funeral, you might charge anywhere from $750 to $2,000, depending on the planning involved and size of the event. Average rates for active vigil planning and support (meaning the doula will be sitting at the bedside of the client either almost around the clock or for a set number of hours per day or night) range from $1,000 to $4,000.
  • What Does a Death Doula Do?
    A death doula, also known as an end-of-life doula, is a support person who provides nonjudgmental, non-medical holistic support to those nearing the end of life. A death doula also typically offers support to the friends and family of the elderly, dying, or recently dead.
  • How Do I Become a Certified Death Doula?
    Earning a certificate as a death doula will equip you with the principles and techniques for becoming a professional death doula. A certificate also provides evidence of your expertise, assurance of your professionalism, an important credential for your resume, a competitive advantage when marketing your services and higher earnings (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • What is the Death Doula Certificate Course?
    In IAP Career College’s part-time online Death Doula Certificate Course you will earn certification as a death doula and learn important principles and practical step-by-step techniques for getting started in a career as a professional death doula. This online course has a recommended completion date of 6 weeks, however it may be completed in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 12 weeks. The course has been created to allow you to complete it without any teaching assistance, however as a student you have access to Faculty Members to provide you with personal teaching assistance and career advice.
  • What is IAP Career College?
    The International Association of Professions Career College (IAP Career College) is a leading online career college offering affordable online certificate courses and professional certifications for non-traditional and "dream" careers. When you take a part-time online certificate course with IAP Career College, you can schedule your learning around your life - you can work at your own pace, at the best times for you and from the comfort of your own home. IAP Career College and affiliated company FabJob Inc (the leading online publisher of guide books on how to get started in a dream career) have served over half a million career changers on six continents since 1999.