This course is designed to grow skills and ways to better support a person or a community during the end-of-life process. This course offers an introductory training in the physical, practical, and emotional care of the living, the dying, and the dead. We discuss who has and who doesn't have access to death care and what role we can hold while working in these racist and biased systems that exist in the United States.
The curriculum is created to offer education or continuing any person who wants to learn more about support techniques and options available related to choice; with the intention to create a space for dialogue, relationship building, understanding, and engagement. This is the start of a journey and is recommended for all people who will die, or know someone who will. This is also a prerequisite for our Level 2 class.
2021 Level 1 Schedule (All times are in Pacific Standard Time)
The objective of Level 1: A Death Companion training is to increase the number of people who feel confident in their understanding of choice and care related to end-of-life processes, procedures, death care access, and their ability to support a person in end-of-life and/or death.
This curriculum is offered through Zoom in four hour blocks on three days. This course is live. Participants will be asked to work through the content as a cohort each day, with some individual and small group activities. After the course is completed, participants are invited to participate in self-paced discussion groups (on Slack – or within the learning platform) with other learners. Coursework is regularly updated by facilitators and includes reading, exercises, online discussions, journaling and note-taking, watching videos or listening to audio. The course also includes a 1hr movie as homework after the second day.
The curriculum will be available to both individuals and community groups. Course payment is offered at a sliding-scale rate from $400 - $750+. If you can pay more, please do. Our reduced-cost program depends on those who can invest at full cost. Please complete the registration form or email email@example.com to inquire about investment options.
A space will be reserved once a person's investment and payment are made in full, or cost assistance zeros the balance. Custom payment plans are available for all students, please email us and let us know what timeline would best fit your needs. Per course there are two seats available for Indigenous, Black, Brown folx who would like to take the Death Doula Level 1 course at no cost. If all no cost seats have been claimed you will be asked to consider another date or can request that your name is added to the waitlist.
In developing this curriculum ASP and facilitators have taken steps to make the structure and content accessible. Content is currently offered through Zoom. The course includes text, written materials, audio, and video. Please reach out to ASP prior to registration if closed captions or translation services are needed, we will do our best to accommodate requests.
Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for sharing your specific access needs, feedback, and suggestions for adapting, improving, and updating the curriculum as needed.