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End of Life Doula Professional Certificate

There are many of us who wonder if we're ready or if we're "enough" (brave enough, strong enough, skilled enough). As learners work through our training program, we encourage them to practice self-compassion while tending to unhealed wounds and thoughtfully assessing their comfort level and gifts. It's an invitation for introspection and contemplation.

--Francesca Arnoldy, Program Director

Who is this course for?

We are proudly welcoming:

  • Aspiring doulas
  • End-of-life care practitioners
  • Family caregivers
  • Hospice and palliative care volunteers
  • Professionals who work in healthcare, mental health, social work, and integrative therapies
  • Spiritual care providers
  • All who heed the call to embrace dying as part of the natural life cycle with more compassion and knowledge

At UVM, we respect and honor the varied roles within care teams and communities. It takes a village!

Meaningful, Compassionate Work at End-of-Life

Are you passionate about helping others feel empowered and well-supported during their times of need? Do you have an interest in exploring the emerging field of End-of-Life (EOL) Care? Would you like to enhance your established role in EOL care with additional skills and approaches? Would you like to further develop your innate capacity to care for others, release death anxieties, and increase your confidence around entering into intense experiences?

Developed by the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the University of Vermont has partnered with Cabot Creamery Cooperative to launch a fully online End of Life Doula Professional Certificate that will help prepare you to meet the growing demand for end of life support as people live longer and the course of the average dying process continues to become increasingly gradual and anticipated.

End of Life Doulas complement the care provided by family members and friends, as well as palliative and hospice professionals, within the settings of hospitals, senior care facilities, and homes. EOL Doulas support clients with individualized, compassionate care in a number of ways including emotional, spiritual, informational, and physical support, which greatly helps to lower stress levels, aid in comfort, and promote personalized, even positive dying passages for clients and their loved ones.

Inspired by the farm families of Cabot to benefit the communities in which they live, Cabot Creamery Cooperative recognizes the need to provide skilled doula care to our aging seniors and our neighbors facing the end of life.


Cabot Creamery


“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
2019 End of Life Doula Certificate Graduate



“This will most likely be a life altering experience for you! Take the risk! No matter if you choose to become an EOL Doula or just personally you may want to have a deeper level of knowledge and comfort with living, dying, death and what could happen after someone dies…take the course!”

Ellen W.
2018 End of Life Doula Certificate Graduate

on the Blog

UVM’s End-of-Life Doula and Palliative Care Programs Create Community Event About Care Conversations and Options

Kimberly Paul is teaming up with UVM End-of-Life Doula Program Director Francesca Arnoldy and Bob Gramling, M.D., D.Sc., Miller Chair of Palliative Medicine at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, to create a community conversation about hospice, palliative care and the role of end-of-life doulas.

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