Student Testimonials

At the University of Vermont, each of our End-of-Life Doula students has a unique story to tell.  What will your story be?

This program far exceeded my expectations. The content was comprehensive and well organized. The format and assignments were highly experiential and gave opportunities for practice of Doula skills. The instructor modeled Doula work and created a community of learners who companioned each other throughout. Highly recommend this program.

Judith D., RN, Hospice Volunteer, 2019 End-of-Life Doula Graduate


This carefully created program is beautifully empowering in its nature – providing amazing resources and methodologies to support both the individual dying and their loved ones, as well as the doula themselves. I appreciated the balance of content and research, with many ‘real world’ examples so it was not just theoretical but useful and most often relatable. Most of all I appreciated the tenderness of it all, nurturing a conscious awareness of Beginners Mind and the sacred honor this calling provides.

Debrah F., 2019 End-of-Life Doula Graduate


This course was so comprehensive and filled with detailed information about how to be an end-of-life doula, but even more than that, it allowed us all to dig and do some deep inner work that helped bring out the heart and soul of what being a doula really means.

Diane B., Hospice Volunteer, 2019 End-of-Life Doula Graduate


I have been a hospice nurse for over 20 years. I wasn’t sure how much I would receive from this course. Well, I received more than I bargained for. I did not realize how burnt out I was until I took this course. I had become mechanical, I love hospice work, but it can be draining. There are long hours, and usually not enough nurses, so we all chip in to meet the needs of our clients. This course restored my love for this work, and my compassionate and loving heart was revived.

-Lisa M., RN, MDiv, Practicing Doula


“This was such a valuable course and exceeded my expectations tremendously. The material was of such high quality, the content was very well organized and it provided me with a skill set I can use in many various ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about. It’s not just a course to become a doula, it’s a course to help you determine your interests, where you want to focus, and how to contribute. It’s changed my outlook and part of who I am as a person.”

-Karen L., 2018 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate


This has been a brilliant experience. I have worked in the “field” for decades and this course has bright light and confidence to moving back into the End-of-Life/Palliative area of care and service.

-Michal R., PsyD, 2018 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate


This course was incredibly well designed and delivered. I am full of appreciation for the instructor and her devotion to the students, the course content, her depth of insight and unwavering support. As an adult learner holding a BA degree as well as countless hours learning thru other opportunities (yoga teacher training, personal training, grad school courses etc) this was by far the best experience I’ve had in my endless years of seeking knowledge. 

-Tessa C., 2018 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate


As a hospice worker, death-awareness educator, and volunteer caregiver, I’ve been deeply involved in providing end-of-life care in some capacity for more than 16 years. So, when I first heard about this class, I honestly didn’t expect to learn anything new. Thankfully, my curiosity was stronger than my skepticism. This class is superb. It is thoughtfully prepared and full of valuable resources. Assignments are not only informative, they include skill-building exercises that have the power to expand self-awareness and transform the way I approach this important work. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, engaged, accessible, and highly skilled at providing helpful, motivating feedback. I give this class an excellent rating and look forward to more opportunities to work with this group.

-Karen R., 2017 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate


This course is not “just another class”! It offered me a profound experience of deep self-reflection, enriched by graciously shared insights from a safe and supportive peer community. The gently guided process has enlightened me personally and professionally, by highlighting fundamental life-skills, and offering a powerful toolbox for the End-of-Life Doula role. It is inspiring me to go deeper into researching the wisdom of End-of-Life. Thank you for an amazing first-time, on-line class adventure.

-Dorothea L., 2017 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate


Things in life are never coincidental. About three weeks after my husband passed away from stomach cancer, on my first day back to work as a massage therapist, I had a new client. I happened to mention that she seemed overwhelmingly sad. She told me that her mother had been sick and had passed away three weeks ago. She told me that they had hired a “death doula” and it was amazingly helpful to her mother and her family. I said “Wow, that sounds like amazing work, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.” That’s when she told me about the University of Vermont and the End-of-Life Doula program. I immediately went home and signed up.

When we began in September, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I had never done online training and was a little scared. For anyone a little nervous about online learning this staff walks you through each and every detail. This has been an amazing journey that has helped me to not only grieve, but know that the feelings that I was experiencing were normal. The reading assignments were beautiful as were the live sessions and various videos that we watched. I am currently a massage therapist/reiki practitioner who has my first client who is terminal and doing well. Since she is still very mobile, I am seeing her every two weeks for reiki and talks. I have met with her family and I will be present for her transition. I cannot say “thank you” enough to the University of Vermont for providing this beautiful transition in my life.

-Melissa A. V., 2017 End-of-Life Doula Certificate Graduate