Death Doula Courses

Death Doula Level 1: Death Companion

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 body preparation, vigil presencing, active listening, holding sacred space, and companioning. 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)

Cost $400   

February 9-10, 2019   Seattle
March 23-24, 2019   Seattle
May 25-26, 2019   Bellingham

 June 22-23, 2019   Seattle  
October 12-13, 2019   Seattle
November 9-10, 2019 Bellingham

Death Doula Level 2: Professional Companion

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 multiple traditions (cultural and spiritual) into a cohesive and respectful offering, working with options for burial presentations, and a hands-on class. 

Cost $450

April 26-28, 2019   Seattle

July 12-14, 2019   Seattle
September 13-15, 2019  Seattle 

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.

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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. 

Advance Directive Workshop

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).

Death Plan Workshop

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.

Vigils & Wakes: A Return to a Healing Practice

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.

Death for Dinner (or even Dessert)

We’re not trying to be cheeky. Host a dinner for your family or friends, and we will introduce how to write a Death Plan for each person at the table. This introduction sets a space for a brilliant conversation in a relaxed environment, where we can help answer questions about planning for death in a real, practical way. Invite us for dinner and walk away with your Advance Care Directives complete. It’s a wonderful, caring, and sometimes truly funny way to share with your friends or family.

Small & Group Presentation / Workshops

With your small or large group, we are happy to share about all of the following: how to get started in planning for the end, knowing your rights, providing group facilitation of writing Advanced Directives, writing Death Plans, questions about Green Burial or cremation alternatives, the professional field of Death and Dying, palliative care, hospice advancements, and the wide array of end-of-life choices.

Community Conversations

You reserve the space and invite the people. We facilitate a community conversation around the topic of death and dying.