So You Want to be a Death Doula

Fantastic! Welcome. We’re delighted you’re beginning your process. The world needs more death workers and it is our goal at PDDC for the diversity of death doula professionals to equal that of the communities we serve. We believe strongly that community care is the best (and perhaps only) way for all individuals to receive ethical care that best reflects their values, cultural practices, and to ultimately achieve their best possible death.

PDDC does not currently offer trainings, mentorships, or apprenticeships. At this time we are not able to meet or email with every individual who messages us – there are many of you (a great thing!) and we have found that is not the best use of our time. As white practitioners, we feel it is just to offer our time free of charge to people of the global majority (PGM)* who think we can be helpful to them in their journey. All others, we are happy to schedule hour-long Zoom sessions on a sliding scale at $50 / $60 / $70 per collective member present.

Our recommendations are based on our knowledge of the training, trainers, and experiences reported to us by other doulas. Please note that, at this time, no member of PDDC has completed these specific trainings below. Due to firsthand experiences, we are not able to fully and freely recommend the training program that we completed. Our endorsement is not in any way a guarantee that your experience will be fitting and/or positive, and thus, we strongly recommend you do your research.

This is extremely personal and intimate work that pulls on the breadth and depth of the sum of each doula’s life experiences. We cannot possibly know yours as well as you do!

Trainings & Resources We Recommend

Nine Keys – Narinder Bazen

Apprenticeship course taught by Death Midwife Narinder Bazen which is divided into nine sections (“keys”) and completed over nine months. Each section has a monthly group class, an average of six assignments, and up to two 1:1 phone calls with the instructor.

National End of Life Doula Alliance

NEDA seeks to inspire positive, creative change in American death practices by creating high standards, ethical and practical guidelines, and rich networking opportunities for all EOLDs, resulting in meaningful experiences for the dying, their caregivers, and the agencies involved.

Going With Grace

The Going With Grace training course aims to develop each individual’s unique offering and prepare them to make it come alive in the world. Using cultural, philosophical, and personal perspectives, students will explore conscious dying as a vehicle for a conscious living while critically examining their own narratives on death and dying.

*People of the global majority: a collective term that first and foremost speaks to and encourages those so-called to think of themselves as belonging to the global majority. It refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ‘ethnic minorities’. (Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, MBE.)

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