There are 7 sections of material in the course, including several lessons within each section and the bonus material, Section 8, regarding building a practice. It takes most students anywhere from 5 to 10 hours+ per week to process the material. It all depends on how deeply you dive into the material. It is a 3-part journey: 1)
Comprehensive end of life information and education.
2) Personal journey regarding your own death and dying experiences, your beliefs, and how they may affect your work.
How you wish to use the knowledge.
If you pay in full for your program, you will immediately have access to Section 1 of the course. The remaining sections will be unlocked after 10 days.
If you chose the payment plan process for your program, your full course material will be unlocked in the following order in alignment with your 4-month payment plan:
Sections 1 & 2: Available Immediately
Section 3: After 30 days
Sections 4 & 5: After 60 days
Sections 6 & 7: After 90 Days
Section 1: We discuss establishing rapport and peace, creating a beautiful and soothing space, self-awareness, introduction into the End of Life Practice Development tool, and course resources. You begin reading Dr. Ira Byock’s book, “Peace and Possibilities.” You will also begin reading Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.”
Section 2: We explore types and settings of EOL Doula work including hospice care, palliative care (at any time), palliative care before hospice, encouraging hospice, different medical settings where you may begin engagement and how to do that, the hospital setting, and other living arrangements. You will begin reading Stephen Jenkinson’s book, “Die Wise.”
Section 3: This is all about providing emotional support including who you will serve, self-preparation, communication, us being ‘witnesses’, anticipatory grief, deep listening, family anxiety, caregiver burnout, and honesty in dying.
Section 4: In Section 4 we cover spiritual issues, how we are making a difference, rituals, supporting spiritual beliefs and others’ spiritual search, closure, and spiritual needs of the dying.
Section 5: There are a variety of ways we can serve practical needs. In this section we discuss last wishes, end of life paperwork, advance directives, ethical will, legacy, organizing help, pre and post death vigil planning, home funerals, funeral plan.
Section 6: Here you will read all about providing support through the end days of dying including material on: the dying body, the decline of body systems, last weeks, cognitive changes, nearing death awareness, special topics related to stages of death (several), last days, your first visit (as a practitioner),
Section 7: We cover everything about caring at the bedside: deathbed care of the dying, vigil support for the family, death and post death vigil, bereavement, closure with family (yours) and after death communication.
Bonus Section 8: This section is all about your private practice and how you see yourself doing your doula service. We discuss services, things to consider before building a practice, leveraging your skills and talents, being paid for the work, liability issues, community awareness, marketing, developing your craft, etc.