Death Midwifery & Community Education

Educational Offerings


 This course is designed to help educate community members to better support their friends and loved ones during the end-of-life process. Generally held over a weekend -- with classes on Saturday and Sunday from 8-5 -- the course offers training in the physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends. Some of the topics we 

cover are companioning, body preparation, vigil process, active listening, holding sacred space. 

This is not intended to offer training at a professional level, and is recommended for all people who will die, or know someone who will. 

(Prerequisite for Level 2 course) 

 Oct. 12-13 &  Nov. 9-10  in Seattle 


 This course is designed to help support those who wish to broaden their existing health-care practices to include end-of-life care as a professional ally. This course is generally held over a weekend, with classes on Friday night from 6-10, Saturday from 8-5, and Sunday from 9-5.  The course offers training in the physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends.  Some of the topics we cover are how to integrate your care into your work, body handling, archetype recognition, working with options for burial presentations and legalize in Washington state.  

 Apr 26-28, July 12-14 &, Sep 13-15 in Seattle 

South Side NODA Volunteer Training


No One Dies Alone is a volunteer program that provides the reassuring presence of a trained volunteer companion to dying people who would otherwise be alone.  A Sacred Passing supports the administration of this program in south Seattle with program volunteers as well as our Death Doula Interns act as vigil coordinators.  We are working to grow a strong web of trained community volunteers

SSNODA1*:   July 21, Aug 18 & Sept 11 (Su) 2p-3p

SSNODA2:    Sept 27, Oct  4 & Oct 18      (F) 5p-8p

SSNODA3:    Oct 29, Nov 5 & Nov 19 (Tu) 12p -3p

SSNODA4:    Sept 18, Oct 16 & Nov 2 (W) 9a -12p

* Registration Open 


 Join us as members of A Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service answer questions, provide scenarios, and lead a group through filling out and completing Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care, including Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (Health Care Agent) and the Advanced Medical Directive (Living Will). 


In this 1-3 hour workshop, we provide a rich conversation with tools for you to write a Death Plan for yourself or your loved ones. A Death Plan fills in the gaps of information not covered by a living will, last will and testament, Advanced Care Directive, or funeral plan. We will walk you through the easy-to-follow format of creating an inclusive document designed to tie those plans together in a cohesive way for families and loved ones to follow with ease. 


 A wake is an ancient tradition, but as society modernized, this common tradition has been lost to the wayside. But we do need the time to honor and acknowledge our dying and dead. A wake provides a place, a time, and an organic way to experience death for all involved. Join us for an evening session to talk about the history of vigils and wakes, and to explore how a wake helps integrate the body, mind, and spirit of both the deceased and the people left behind. In this interactive workshop, we will talk about how and why we would revisit this healing tradition. 

Registration for Doula Courses Only:

In order to create an intensive and fully supportive learning environment, we keep class size to 8 and encourage you to sign up soon 

after class dates are listed. There may be additional site fee in some locations. Throughout 2019 we are working to grow a small scholarship fund, please reach out for payment arrangements if needed.

>> Begin Registration Here <<

There are no refunds.  In the event that you are unable to attend your schedule session, you may reschedule one time. Courses are prerequisites to work with the Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service.

Community Education Services

Clinical In-service

We offer free clinical in-services to King County’s health-care clinics and Assisted Living Facilities. We offer several time-block options to make scheduling in your facility as easy as possible. For as long as there have been humans, we have been caring for our dying and our dead. These skills have shifted and changed ownership over time. This short presentation will cover the profession, scope of practice, how and when to access a Death Midwifery service, skills for tending to the dying and the dead, and training options. 

Tailored presentations from 20 minutes to 6 hours.

Non-Medical Support & Guidance for End-of-Life

We will discuss the important roles of companion, ally, and advocate through the entire end-of-life process. Death Midwifery is the model of care that is particularly suited  identifying, planning for, and supporting your individual needs regarding: medical, legal, financial, social, spiritual, and emotional care. In our short presentation, we will offer information about this model of care and how to access it. 

Death for Dinner (or even Dessert)

Gather people in your life and community for a meal.  Together we will complete our Advance Care paperwork or a Death Plan outline.   

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