Foundation Workshop

End of Life Doula Training: Foundation Workshop

The Foundation Workshop is perfect for you whether you are interested in caring for someone close to you or looking to work professionally as an end of life doula in your community.

You may be testing the waters to see if this is something for you. Or, as so many tell us, you feel called to this work and are committed to making a difference to people at end of life. You may be exploring your options in the end of life doula training space. You may already work in the health-related sector and want to diversify your skills.

The Foundation Workshop lays the groundwork and provides an excellent introduction to end of life doula care. This workshop is where many begin their end of life doula training.

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What you’ll learn

Delivered over one day or two half-days, the Foundation Workshop will give you the big picture of end of life. Learn the basic concepts and principles around end of life care and find the answers to common questions.

In the Foundation Workshop, you’ll learn:

  • What holistic palliative care is (not just the medical/clinical version)
  • What conscious dying is
  • What end of life preferences are how to achieve them
  • How to support a person at home as they approach end of life
  • How to retain capacity, control, and choice at end of life
  • What documents and other paperwork to consider
  • The difference between how care is provided in a hospital, palliative care unit, aged care facility, and hospice centre
  • What the ten stages of end of life are, and what to know about them
  • What conversations to have
  • Which resources matters
  • What planning is required and how to support someone as they plan for their end of life
  • What an end of life doula does and doesn’t do

Benefits of the Foundation Workshop

Our educators are highly skilled, experienced, passionate trainers and end of life doulas. They share many stories of real-life situations so that you get a strong feeling for this work and your capacity to fulfil this if it is a dream for you.

We deliver the Foundation Workshop to a small group. This allows you to be among like-minded people and explore this delicate but beautiful and fascinating subject in a welcoming and safe space. You’ll also be able to ask questions, share your story, and interact with others.

The Foundation Workshop will:

  • Increase your awareness, understanding and overall knowledge about end of life concerns in a non-clinical/medical way
  • Open you to new possibilities and leave you feeling inspired
  • Empower you to have conversations with those you care about and take action in your end of life planning

Please join us and help raise awareness and create conversations about end of life care in our families, communities, and the world. Our world needs you.

Foundation Workshop Details

Duration: Nine hours over one day or two half days
Delivered: Online via Zoom every month
Includes: All course materials and certificate of completion
Tuition: $550 (includes GST)

For more information about our upcoming Foundation Workshops – dates, tuition and registration – please see our Registration Form linked below.


I was delighted that, even after having had a range of experiences around death and dying during my career as a Registered Nurse, I gained a wealth of additional knowledge from the Workshop!


Facilitated by the delightful Jo, the workshop made for an awesome learning, moving, enlightening, and memorable experience. Even if my head had decided that becoming an end of life doula wasn’t for me, the workshop would have enriched me and expanded my heart.


Preparing the Way has produced a wonderfully informative and comprehensive course for anyone curious about the work of an end of life doula. This course will answer any foundational questions a participant may have and give them the knowledge to move forward in their journey.


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