“When we care enough to ask and really take the time to listen to someone else’s story we learn so much about who they are . . . listen with your heart.” ~Jennifer J. Hayes~

What you will learn in the Intermediate Course

Section 1 – Introduction and general information
Section 2 – Death Doulas for the dying
Section 3 – Birth of a Death Doula
~ Becoming a Death Doula
~ What do Death Doula’s do?
~ Do you need a medical background to become a Death Doula?
~ Who becomes a Death Doula?
~ Does a Death Doula charge a fee?
~ Thinking of your own needs as a Death Doula
~ Caring for yourself while caring for others
~ Taking care of yourself
~ Emotional support for yourself
~ Looking after yourself
~ Being gentle with yourself
Section 4 – Death Doulas will change how we are handling end-of-life care
~ What is the difference between an End-of-Life doula, Death Doula and a Mourning Doula?
~ End-of-Life Doula
~ The Death Doula
~ The Mourning Doula
Section 5 – Talking to the family members or patient that you are caring for
~ A wide range of emotions
~ Aggression and loss of control
~ Confusion and forgetfulness
~ Feelings of other family members and friends
Section 6 – End-Of-Life disease and emotional support
~ Emotions in terminal illness
~ What is emotional distress?
~ How can I assess someone’s emotional needs?
~ How can I provide emotional care?
~ What other help is available?
~ Emotional care for family and friends
~ Supporting a terminally ill person
~ How do you help someone who’s in denial about their pending death?
~ When is denial harmful?
~ Is it important to keep a vigil while the patient is near death?
~ Is it appropriate to tell the person dying that it is alright to let go?
~ What do you tell people who are struggling with guilt?
~ What advice should you give to those who are grieving?
~ ‘Permission to die’ and ‘The good death’
Section 7 – Keeping the dying in mind
Section 8 – Accepting death
Section 9 – Some positive attitudes to dying
Section 10 – Saying goodbye to a life
Section 11 – Support therapies for the dying
~ Guidance by the dying
~ General points on therapy
~ Aromatherapy and massage
~ Reiki
~ Reflexology
~ Bach flower remedies
~ Physiotherapy
~ Keeping up comfort and appearance
Section 12 – Support for children
Section 13 – Nursing the dying body
Section 14 – References
Section 15 – Assignments