“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~Margaret Mead~

What you will learn in the Introductory Course

Section 1 – Introduction and general information
Section 2 – What is a Death Doula and what do they do?
~ What type of holistic support do Death Doulas provide?
~ Who becomes a Death Doula?
~ Why should I use a Death Doula?
~ Do I need a licence to be a practicing Death Doula?
Section 3 – HPCSA : Health Professions Council of South Africa
~ What you need to know about The National Patient’s Charter
~ Introduction
~ Patient’s rights:
Healthy and safe environment
Participation in decision making
Access to Health Care
~ Knowledge of one’s Health Insurance/Medical Aid Scheme
~ Choice of Health Services
~ Treated by a named health care provider
~ Confidentiality and privacy
~ Informed consent
~ Refusal of treatment
~ A second opinion
~ Continuity of care
~ Complaints about health service
~ Responsibility of the patient
Section 4 – Dressing as a Death Doula
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
~ Counselling issues
~ Counselling 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
Section 10 – Spiritual needs and 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
~ Change 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
~ Other clear indicators
~ Choosing the moment to go
~ The moment of death
~ Death related phenomena
~ Immediately afterwards
Section 14 – References
Section 15 – Assignments