Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions regarding Preparing the Way’s End of Life Doula training workshops & courses.

Do I need to be a nurse or have a medical background to be an EOLD?

No – you don’t need to be a nurse or do you need to have any other clinical or medical training as end of life doula’ing is a non-medical role.

We provide support, education, resources to people around their end of life and those close to them.  We are about ‘walking alongside’ people, listening, advocating, supporting them as they navigate this challenging time.

We believe’’knowledge equals power’ and by helping people understand their options and choices at end of life, and them making choices aligned with their values and needs can lead to a far more empowered death experience.

Will I get the same results from the Zoom training?

Both the Foundation Workshop and the Intensive Course are exactly the same program. There are no changes to the content nor the exercises.

Your educator has significant experience and skill at delivering a dynamic, interactive and powerful program.

Course manuals and all relevant course items are express posted to you ahead of the course along with extensive guidelines for your happy and optimum participation in the virtual training space.

Read what our doulas say about the training, where completed on Zoom.

End of Life Doula Training Testimonials

Is there a recommended time between completing the Foundation Workshop and Intensive Course?

One thing to bear in mind, schedule and manage is that there is a preparation project that needs to be completed in between the Foundation Workshop and Intensive Course which involves writing a story of a death in your life (there are particular guidelines about that) and doing some reading and reflection from things you receive in the one day.

The project is sent out 2 weeks before the 4 day course so you will at least be able to get your story written in between the two you will need to complete the reading and reflection. These all need to be completed before you begin the 4 day.

It is reported that this project can take between 8 – 10 hours of your time.

How do I get work once I have finished my training?

It is important to realise that this is an emerging industry and profession so it is unlikely that you will complete your training and people will be lining up for your services – yet! 😊 It is like starting your own business AND this is a growing industry and one of our primary focus is getting the word out there more in the mainstream media that this service exists.

Every month we are seeing an increased awareness and acceptance of this role and its benefits and demand is growing.

  • In the Intensive Course we focus on where and how one can market oneself, what services you could offer, fees and service packages, the next steps in ‘becoming’ a professional doula and how to share what you do.
  • Once you have completed the Intensive Course you will continue to receive support from Preparing the Way and there are other options for sharing your business and services in the public and social media arenas.
Can I go on a waiting list if the Intensive I want to do is full?

You are welcome to register for the next ‘open’ program and also request to be placed on the waiting list for your preferred program should someone withdraw. You need to be sure that you have all the preparation project completed and keep those dates available in case it is a last minute thing.

Will there be training later in the year?

The calendar comes out in 6 monthly groups – usually October for the new year and May for the 2nd half of year. Once you are on our mailing list (by making an enquiry) you will receive the list of all open programs once they are released. Also, you can keep an eye on our Foundation Workshop & Intensive Course pages as well as they will be updated with any changes.

Can I get a discount as a disability or pension card recipient?

This is discussed on a person by person basis. Also we are happy to offer a payment plan for the Intensive Course. Please contact us with your enquiry.

Do you obtain a Certificate with the courses you offer?

Yes, there is a Statement of Attendance for the Foundation Workshop and a Certificate of Completion for the Intensive Course.