End of Life Doula Professional Certificate

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.

Through Cabot Creamery’s partnership with UVM, Cabot farm families are generously offering sponsorship to help cover the cost of the End of Life Doula Professional Certificate tuition. See Tuition and Financial Aid for more info.

Cabot Creamery


“This course is a must for anyone interested in end of life care. The instructors took a truly multi-faceted approach, utilizing many different tools to accommodate all learning types. I loved the course material, and especially the self-work that was required. One very special element was the forums, which we used to communicate with our classmates. We were able to speak out with our thoughts, help each other, and best of all, learn from each other’s experiences. It was an all-around enriching 8 weeks!”

Emily C.
2017 End of Life Doula Certificate Graduate


“The End of Life Doula Certificate program was both challenging and transformational. My mind was opened to unfamiliar territory and my heart was opened to the compassion inherent in this work. The content was expansive, rich, and thought-provoking, with varied styles in presentation, assignments, and experts. I appreciated the responsiveness and dedication of the instructor and the UVM team. This was an excellent opportunity to gain new perspectives into the world of dying and to reflect on how I might be of service in that community.”

Laurie B.
2017 End of Life Doula Certificate Graduate

on the Blog

A Birthing Doula Shares the Significance of End of Life Care

Birth doula Francesca Arnoldy realized the power of end of life care when her grandfather was dying at his home in Massachusetts. During his final days, his wife and primary caregiver—Arnoldy’s grandmother—was sleep-deprived, scared, and emotional.

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