Certified CareDoula®

End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program

Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom to Support You as You Serve the Dying

Complete End-of-Life Doula Cirriculum

LIVE Mentoring + Community

Online + Study at Your Own Pace

Why Our End-of-Life Doula Program?


We fully explore all the ways to be the best end of life advocate, loving companion, and compassionate witness—assisting in ways the dying and their families may be too exhausted to do on their own. Those of you who are not interested in a professional service will still receive the benefit of learning the key aspects and components of a practice, and confidence in knowing you really do know all the practical aspects of accompanying the dying well. You will learn how to care for yourself deeply over your lifetime as you advocate for and serve your families, as well as companion and love them during dying and beyond.

Our program is not meant to tell you what "means something" to a person who is dying, that is for them to tell you. It is not our place to assume we can teach you exactly how to care for every culture and belief background, but Deanna does teach you everything she knows from working in the trenches for over 20 years—the practical aspects—so that you can bring this expertise to your own communities. You know what’s meaningful to your own spiritual circles. To your own culture and community. We work with leaders from every race, orientation, religion, and spiritual practice.

What You Will Learn

Become a Certified CareDoula®

Complete End-of-Life Doula Education

We are honored to serve you and help you develop your craft with confidence and skill if you have a passion to serve the dying. Deanna is privileged to be your guide.


What We Face

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that "between 2020 and 2050, the number of deaths is projected to rise substantially as the population ages and a significant share of the population, the baby boomers, age into older adulthood." The enormous pressure this places on present health and death care systems requires innovative solutions to help. Additionally, in 2020, we are experiencing unprecedented times with a global pandemic that is requiring more grief support. We are also in a new level of awareness and activism for racial justice that is bringing a huge need for advocacy and support at the end of life for those who have been poorly served over their entire lifetime in the healthcare system.

The Solution

YOU are the solution. The role of the End-of-Life Doula is the solution because it is the non-medical role of the EOL doula that will be able to advocate for our family, friends, and neighbors—bridging services and support within and between present healthcare entities. In our CareDoula® program, you will be thoroughly trained to be in deep presence with a person who is dying and their family. You will be aware of what is most important in being a witness and a healing presence so that you may be a healing force during this pandemic, and the grief brought on by the pain of racial injustice in health and death care. Our role is outside of the mainstream healthcare system, so we may be able to build trust where none was had before. We have our work cut out for us. We have much to offer our world in these unprecedented times.


End-of-Life Doula Certification: Program Recap

  • Proven CareDoula® method for instilling confidence in serving the dying, easing death anxiety within the family, and imparting the skills to meet the most important needs of this time period.
  • Benefit from Deanna's 20 years of bedside and family experience as a Hospice RN and End-of-Life Doula in private practice.
  • ​Your wisdom is honored, your knowing is validated; we simply add the practical pieces leading up to dying, death, and the immediate post-death time period.
  • Strengthens the most important tool of all—YOU. And your ability to discern your next steps with the people you are advocating for.
  • Complements your holistic wisdom with practical tools, end of life curriculum, and personal mentoring so that you can be supported to “pull it all together”—all you bring to the table. This is crucial.
  • Transformation is what happens when you follow our method of integrating all you are (through this curriculum) with your vision. You will have a confidence you have not had before.
  • ​Complete Course Curriculum + Coaching + Community + Certificate
  • Professional practice development included for those of you who want to have “a little practice.” We recommend you begin there and grow in stages—as you see what it takes to have what you want.
  • Online Learning Portal - study from anywhere, anytime!
  • The CareDoula® Curriculum: the clear path toward serving your family and your community beautifully and with confidence.
  • Weekly Written Submissions of Personal Concerns: private exchange dealing with your personal questions that are not in Answers Hub).
  • Private Discussion Group: peer support and a source for inspiration and motivation.



Bonus #1: 4 Months of Coaching Sessions

4 Months of Semi-Monthly Mentoring Sessions - 2 hour intimate session with Deanna, where you can engage in real time. We discuss present cases, the art of the practice, end of life issues, current events, professional issues and how our practice is changing with the pandemic and in doing our part to end racism in end of life care.

Bonus #2: CareDoula® File Cabinet

CareDoula® File Cabinet - Access our valuable files of worksheets, brochures for clients, presentations for the community, templates, checklists, contract template, PR plan, business ideas, and so much more!

Bonus #3: Special Sessions w/ Industry Professionals

Deanna brings innovative leaders and educators in the end of life field into our intimate classroom, for just our community of students! Be on the front-lines with industry leaders and experts from the comfort of your own home, getting your personal questions answered for your family or your business.

Become a Certified CareDoula®

Complete End-of-Life Doula Education

We are honored to serve you and help you develop your craft with confidence and skill if you have a passion to serve the dying. Deanna is privileged to be your guide.


Meet Your Doula Mentor & Guide

Deanna Cochran, RN, Creator of the original End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program


It has been Deanna's highest honor serving the dying and their families through hospice nursing since 2000, and in private practice as an End-of-Life Doula since 2005. Through her leadership activities as Chair of NHPCO’s End-of-Life Doula Advisory Council, she is in the forefront of educating hospices and palliative care organizations about this new role around the country.

As a founding member and 1st Vice President of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance, she has been a part of the team bringing standards to this role in the professional arena and creating an understanding of how we may empower all to die well in this modern age. Many years in the making, her #1 Amazon best selling book, “Accompanying the Dying: Practical Heart-Centered Wisdom for End-of-Life Doulas and Healthcare Advocates,” guides families and practitioners through the advanced illness time period, dying, death and through early bereavement.

Quality of Life Care's End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program supports our free education and our dedication to ensure people have equal access to the information and guidance to care for each other through dying. Know that your study with QLC supports dying well all around the world. And, you will learn to Serve Others in 'The Doula Way.'" 

What our students are saying...

Tiffany R.

"Working with you has helped me to align myself with that feels right to me in this work. You confirmed in me what my passions and gifts are. Getting validation from someone with your knowledge and experience in this field has changed me forever. I truly mean that. I didn’t know being a “Death Doula” was even a thing. I now know 100% what my purpose is. Thank you for all of your time and the energy you put into this program. You are changing lives."

Cynthia B.

"I cannot thank you enough...Coming into the program I was very clear on what I believed my direction with End of Life work was. However, very shortly into the program with your guidance, intuition and foresight I was able to clarify and focus my true hearts calling. This program not only gave me the opportunity to communicate and connect with others of like mind, but to expand on the tools needed to clarify my calling."

June F.

"You are 'real', down to earth and enlightened; I am drawn to those qualities and I know these are ultimately a great part of your success in this field! I strive to create change in this emerging 'grassroots' area of life and death. Death is just as much a part of life as is birth. I am humbled to be in your 'arena' Deanna, Thank you."

Sara W.

"I have learned that despite my inner fears and insecurities, I am innately ready to support the dying and their loved ones. I have felt the ability and strength to do this work most of my adult life but now, after taking this beautifully designed course, I know I was made to do it. It’s like all of my experiences, struggles, abilities, strengths, lessons, interests, so many facets of me point directly to me doing this work. I’ve had the tools the whole time, but your experience and direction has offered a structure to put all the technical details in order. I’ve mentioned before that I am not a technical person so this course has helped me tremendously. I feel I have a foundation to build upon now rather than standing in a murky pond knowing what I need lies beneath the surface but not able to see it. It’s so much clearer now. It gives me great comfort knowing I have the section material and my responses at my finger tips for reference to easily and often refresh myself."

Become a Certified CareDoula®

Complete End-of-Life Doula Education

We are honored to serve you and help you develop your craft with confidence and skill if you have a passion to serve the dying. Deanna is privileged to be your guide.

Program Tuition - $1297
Pay-in-Full (Bonus Savings) - $997