Peace Eagle Sanctuary is providing a End-of-Life Doula Training Course on April 27 & 28 of 2019. The course is intended for people who wish to pursue the possibility of being an End-of-Life Doula (Death Doula) on a full-time or part-time basis.
Instructors: Minerva Peace Eagle and Doug Smith
Minerva is the owner/director of Peace Eagle Sanctuary. She has been providing holistic healing work throughout her adult life in various capacities, starting her death doula work (described elsewhere on this website) eight years ago – work she had encoded in her DNA from her Puerto Rican grandmother. Minerva, in her healing practices, uses tools and techniques gathered from multiple perspectives: physical, psychological, spiritual, Christian, Buddhist, Indigenous, bodywork, guided imagery, meditation/prayer, visual, vocal, auditory, aromatic.
Doug Smith: Doug is the lead instructor in the University of Wisconsin’s Palliative Care Counseling certificate program and their Grief Support Services certificate program. He is the author of eight books, including Caregiving: Hospice-Proven Techniques for Healing Body and Soul, The Tao of Dying and Being a Wounded Healer. He has delivered training workshops on care for the dying and the grieving in all fifty states within the U.S. and all the provinces in Canada.
What do End-of-Life Doulas do?
An End-of-Life Doula (or Death Doula) is someone who provides various therapeutic modalities to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people approaching the end of life as well as the needs of their families and loved ones. Death Doulas typically provide these services as “individual contractors” charging anywhere between $25-$80 per hour. End of life “death doulas” do the work as their sole employment or supplementing other employment.
What do End-of-Life Doulas not do?
End-of-Life Doulas do not perform medical tasks/procedures like administering medications, testing vital signs or providing services of personal hygiene. If an End-of-Life Doula is also a licensed nurse, social worker, CNA or complementary therapist, his or her availability to do some of these additional services might need to be discussed with potential clients, including discussion of whether additional fees might be applied.
Each class will involve a small number of participants (10 or less) to allow for adequate in-depth dialogue and interaction.
The training course will be Saturday April 27th: 8:30am to 7:00pm (meals provided this day). & Sunday April 28th: 8:00am to 3:00pm The course will include instruction in appropriate physical, psychological and spiritual tools and techniques to use with people nearing the end of life. We will examine various needs-assessment tools, care plan designs, bodywork applications, guided imagery possibilities, appropriate uses of sound and aroma therapies, and various rituals that are applicable for people at the end of life. We will explore how to promote a client’s right to be in control, the right to have a sense of purpose, the right to touch and be touched, the right to have beliefs and values respected, the right to reminisce, the right to be in anger and denial, and the right to laugh. We will look at what can be learned from multiple cultures. We will examine issues of ethics and boundaries. We will examine many complementary therapies. And we will look at the various factors that need to be considered in starting a practice as an End-of-Life Doula.
At the completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion describing the program content and instructors.
Costs and Registration
The cost of the program (including Saturday meals) is $950.00. For registration (and suggestions for available lodging if necessary), contact Peace Eagle Sanctuary: