Certified CareDoula®

Premier End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program

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

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Your turn—what motivates you?


When you have the natural ability to be in the presence of dying and death, you know it. You may not have seen much of it, but you've had an awareness that informed you that you could make a real difference during the dying time. Sometimes it’s a beautiful experience with someone we love, and sometimes it's because of events you've witnessed that you never want anyone else to go through. Regardless of ‘how’ your realization came, you know you are meant to serve at a deeper level than you are now, or ever thought possible.

Too many of us know the emptiness of living a life of not doing what brings us joy. Andeven if we are living in our soulful purposeif we are not growing, we can feel stuck. Also, if we are not in community with like-minded people, sometimes we can feel isolated. So, taking a stand for ourselves, to honor our own needs and desires, empowers us to take a stand for others.

There is much work to do to end the chaos that many people experience at the end of life these days. The biggest barrier to getting the best services at the end of life, for every kind of person, is people being unaware that hospice and death doulas are here to help them. The next biggest issue is access for our marginalized populations that rarely have had adequate care over their lifetime. So, why would they trust any service or person during their dying time? Together we can change all this.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Makes CareDoula® Different?

Key Components of an End-of-Life Doula Program

"We are regularly asked what makes us different from other programs. As I teach in the School, the brilliance of your own service offer depends on your own unique skillset, training, special gifts, and experience. The same is true for our training program.

CareDoula® is a unique blend of all my own end-of-life professional education and experience, as well as the way I was taught to care for our ill and dying within my family growing up. It’s a blend of 20+ years of hospice nursing, 16+ years of end-of-life doula private practice, 10+ years mentoring and training pioneers around the world to create unique practices, and 5+ years consulting and custom-building end of life doula programs within hospice.   

Personally, it was a life-changing event when my grandmother took me to my first end-of-life vigil when I was 13. And I continued to learn from her and my aunts how to care for our own family for over 50 years!

And, what I have learned from all of this, is that the most difficult and challenging aspect of care for the dying are the non-medical components—and there are many layers to this.

No one else has my unique background and viewpoint, just like no one else has yours. What I have described are some of the differences that make up the content and quality of our program. And, being the premier End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program in the US, we are proud to have set the stage for the practical guidance and awareness training that is so needed to make a difference at the end of life.  

It is an honor and a privilege to share all I have with you who want it.

There is no comparison of our program to other programs. We are apples and oranges, each with our own special gifts. Check with other trainings to see what makes them unique." - Deanna

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Here's how it works:

As you learn more deeply about this practice, not only will the people in your circles benefit, but you will as well. You will experience a transformation in thinking around this service; that is why content alone is not enough. You need an immersive environment. We provide proven processes, opportunities for mental shifts, and community and expert mentorship.

Proven Process

We turned the guesswork of creating a unique end-of-life service into a science. Follow the practical pathway that is proven to work and track your progress.

Mental Shift

We developed a new way of thinking about professionally serving people at the end of life in today’s world. We will guide you in mapping out your unique way of support.

Sacred, Soulful Community

It's hard to change your life surrounded by people who don’t understand why you are so passionate about this service. Join an active community of heart-centered action takers. Collaborate, get help, make friends, and have fun in the process.

Expert Mentorship

The devil is in the details. No matter how good the training is, you'll always have questions. Get 24/7 access to your cohort in the Facebook group, timely guidance from Deanna and our CareDoula® Team, Live Q&A, and other Special Sessions.

Real Life Results

Does Certified CareDoula® really make a difference? There's only one way to find out: by seeing what our students have to say about how they have benefitted from our program.


1000's of People Served Since 2005.

"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. 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."
- Sara W. 
"I love how this course integrates the medical, the alternative, the compassion-based, the intuitive, and the spiritual sources. I have loved the readings…and the other resources. The case studies…have given me more "experience," even though it is not on-site. Of course, what is underscored is the uniqueness and preciousness of each individual. Everyone is distinct, but there are still general guidelines I can follow when being with/accompanying a patient and his/her caregiver(s)…I love the thoroughness/rigor of the program." 
- Lee F. W. 
"I think your authenticity and transparency is invaluable as a leader. You are so available to us “students” whenever we need you and that says oodles about YOU. You are truly here on earth to serve. I can feel you and I see you.  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."
- Tiffany Anne R.
“This time with you has really helped me appreciate where I am as a Doula…Time to make a new vision board to reflect my growing income and client base.  I’m on fire because you lit it.  I feel empowered, inspired, and ready to go!! Thank you, thank you!…Deanna, you are a creator, business developer, master-minder, saleswoman, coach, trainer, Doula, mentor, manifestor and more! Super talented!...”
- Esther M.
"I was uncertain if I was able to take on such a task. Your class gave me the tools I needed to serve the dying, and the confidence to be able to serve. Starting a business is a bit scary but I am now confident I can succeed. Working with you has been a pure joy! It has truly changed my life."
- Burneace D. 
"My life is so naturally flowing and completely full right now. Thank you for your guidance through this new birth of my path.  The most important part of your course for me has been the self care part. If I hadn't done that work, I would be spreading myself quite thin now. I am a recovering 'Yes' person, and although sometimes I feel like I should be helping more people, I feel really good and energized when I wake up in the morning."
- Janet M. 
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Certified CareDoula® Course Content

In as little as 16-weeks, we'll help you learn the art and skill of accompanying the dying and their families, create your own heart-centered service, and turn it into a powerful community resource. Our learning objectives below guide the process and our methods will enable completion and success. Below are our points of focus in the course through 63 Lessons and 115 Hours (including all aspects of the program):

Establishing Rapport & Peace

Mastering the art of building trust and confidence in your service.

Exploring Types & Settings of EOLD Work

Learn how to serve wherever you are and in whatever time period.

Learn How Palliative Care Differs from Hospice Care

People are suffering before hospice—you must know how to help them now.

Providing Emotional & Spiritual Support

Awareness: the essence of our service: compassionate presence.

Spiritual Care of Self & Others

Mastering the journey into the great unknown with confidence.

Providing Practical Support

Mastering top End-of-Life Doula guidance skills.

EOL Doula Tools

Legacy, aroma therapy, vigil, planning, and more.

The Dying Body

Awareness: accompanying during the last days of life.

At the Bedside

Mastering physical and supportive care for person and family.

Special Topics in End of Life

Palliative sedation, home funerals, medical issues, green burials, and more.

Professional Issues

Creating a structure to support yourself, ethics, standards of practice, promotions.

Learn the way that best suits you.

Learn the way that best suits you. Learn anytime, anywhere and whatever way you like. The Certified CareDoula Program comes with online, social, live and downloadable material for your personal and professional use.

Online E-Learning Platform

Watch training videos, listen to recordings, or read the text. Download mp3s from our exclusive student podcast. Access the training online from any desktop or mobile device, anywhere in the world, anytime you like.

Interactive End-of-Life Community

Join an energetic community of hundreds of souls on the same wavelength as you. Developing this art and craft is lonely when you're surrounded by "normal people" who just don't get it. Get inspired, ask questions, generate ideas, make friends and have fun!

Expert mentorship on demand.

Get personalized mentorship from the CareDoula® Team who can troubleshoot your problems and provide direction. Our program includes Live, interactive Q&A calls, recordings, Special Sessions. Yearly live Alumni Sessions (our Anam Cara group), in-person meet-ups (Covid safe), email private mentoring, student-only podcast, student interviews, and more! Pop-in livestream sessions and team support to complete your certification.

Look at everything you get.

This is not your typical "course". We provide you with everything you need to be successful.

More of what our students are saying:

"All I knew before I began Deanna's programs was that I felt an intense yearning to be of service at the end of life. I had very little experience in this realm and wasn't even clear what this work looked like. Deanna saw my earnest desire and welcomed me into what has become deep and meaningful work. Being mentored by Deanna has been a life-changing gift! I watched my skills and intuition in this work, grow, deepen and flower. Serving my community as a death doula and grief coach I see how those of us working at the threshold are shaping our collective experiences with death and grief. Deanna is a fierce and loving warrior in this cause and I am honored to be with her on the path."
- Simon F.
"I recently retained Deanna to provide some professional guidance for me regarding my thoughts on moving forward toward developing my own business. I have a broad background, but lack the many varied seemingly qualifying letters such as RN, PhD, LLC, etc. I trust Deanna and was immediately heartened when she said 'Sarah, no more qualification is needed. Your credentials and experience are enough!' Within our hour together, she helped me to narrow down and focus on the viable business paths I have to pick from, but which I was unable to see and arrive at on my own. I highly recommend anyone who is in need of professional guidance to retain Deanna. My money and time was wisely invested in Deanna and I will continue to work with her as I further develop my business and services."
- Sarah L.
"I like the teleconferences and stories from personal experience, all the well researched reading material, and Deanna's coaching and 'pep talks'. I think the Accompanying the Dying course is very well organized...and even though it's a LOT reading, at least I have all the links at hand when I want to go back and reread them later. Some I've only been able to skim thru now, with the intention of going back over them. It's a much wider body of info than I first imagined. And there's so much to think about. This course has certainly raised my awareness...and I thought I already knew a lot! Thanks to visionaries like yourself, I think our culture is finally dealing increasingly better with the many death and dying concerns."
- Kathryn W. 
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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.


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.

Schedule a call to see if CareDoula® is for you.

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 laid the foundation of an organization 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.

CareDoula®’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 CareDoula® supports dying well all around the world. And, you will learn to Serve Others in 'The Doula Way.'"

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.

Schedule a call to see if CareDoula® is for you.