Weekly Topics

Week 1: Doula Essentials

  • The Role and Scope of an End-of-Life Doula
  • Engaged Listening
  • Companioning and Serving
  • Holding Space
  • Non-Judgmental Support

Week 2: Components of Compassionate Care

  • Unconditional Positive Regard
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Responding to Suffering
  • Caregiving Considerations
  • Self-Care

Week 3: Pet Hospice and Palliative Care

  • Cultural Trends and Paradigms
  • End-of-Life Pet Care
  • Quality of Life and Pet Pain
  • Euthanasia versus “Natural” Death
  • Components of a “Good” Death
  • Holistic and Integrative Support
  • Veterinarian Stress and Burnout

Week 4: After-Death Options and Support

  • Special Considerations: Horses and Exotic Pets
  • After-Death Decisions
  • Mourning and Bereavement Support
  • Children’s Grief
  • Memorializing a Pet

Free, Bonus Modules

  • Doula Bag, Visit Ideas/Activities
  • The Emerging End-of-Life Doula Career (Meetings, Contracts, Business Considerations)
  • Role and Scope Revisited

Technology Requirements

We recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with our online learning system, Blackboard. Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.

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