NEW REVISED VERSION

“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
~J.K. Rowling~

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THE BASIC INTRODUCTORY COURSE:

Section 1: Introduction and general information
Section 2:
What is a Death Doula and what do they do?

~ What is a Death Doula?
~ What does a Death Doula do?
~ Why Death Doulas matter?
~ What type of holistic support do Death Doulas provide?
~ Who becomes a Death Doula?
~ Can you make Death Doula a work career?
~ Why should a Death Doula be appointed?
~ Providing support for the terminally ill.
~ Do I need a licence to be a practicing Death Doula?
Section 3: South African Medical Association (SAMA)
~  National Patient’s Health Charter
~ Patient’s Rights Charter
~ Responsibilities of the Patient
~ It’s a matter of life and death
Section 4: The needs of the dying and the family
~ Providing emotional care
~ Emotions in terminal illness
~ What is emotional distress?
~ How can I assess someone’s emotional needs?
~ How can I provide emotional care?
~ What is emotional or spiritual pain?
~ Spirituality
~ Coping with emotional or spiritual pain
~ Getting emotional or spiritual support
~ Will dying be painful?
~ Providing comfort at the end of life
~ Managing end-of-life symptoms
~ From care to comfort
~ Be a source of comfort for the grieving
~ ‘Holding Space’ – One of your most vital services
Section 5: Creating a Sacred Space for the Dying
Section 6: Communicating about death

~ What to say, how to say it and where to find help
~ Fear of talking about death
~ Why relatives and friends won’t talk about death
~ Why people who are dying won’t talk about death
~ Starting the conversation
~ How to open up difficult conversations
~ How to listen well
~ Saying goodbye
Section 7: Coping mechanisms when someone is dying
Section 8: Coping with terminal illness

~ Through the eyes of the patient
~ Patient’s needs identified
~ Hope and coping
~ Through the provider’s eyes
~ Psychological issues
~ Support issues
~ Support guidelines
~ Final thought 
Section 9: Providing comfort at the end of life
~ Physical comfort
~ Pain
~ Breathing problems
~ Skin irritation
~ Digestive problems
~ Temperature sensitivity
~ End of life mental and emotional needs
~ Fatigue
~ End-of-Life: Mental and emotional needs
Section 10: Spiritual needs & practical tasks at the end of life
~ Spiritual support at the end of life
~ Other practical care tasks
Section 11: Practices to think about when someone is dying
~ End-of-Life care
~ The dying process
~ Signs that death is near
~ Physical changes
~ Their external world begins to diminish
~ Increased sleep
~ Appetite reduces
~ Changes of expression
~ Special requests
Section 12: At the bedside
Section 13: Talking about death and dying

~ At the end
~ Physical signs that death is near
~ Choosing the moment to go
~ The moment of death
~ Death related phenomena
~ Immediately afterwards
Section 14: Dressing as a Death Doula
Section 15: Reflecting on Death
Section 16: References
Section 17: Assignment and multiple choice exam