End-of-Life Doula Certificate

100% Online, 8-week Professional Certificate

End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate

Provide compassionate end-of-life care to individuals and their families

The University of New England Online College of Professional Studies is offering an 8-week, 100% online End-of-Life Doula Certificate program designed to provide participants with the skills required to deliver compassionate, informed and supportive care for individuals and their families who are experiencing terminal illness or are nearing end-of-life. With UNE’s proven track record of preparing participants to work in a variety of health professions, this program is ideal for professionals and clinicians already working in the healthcare field to bolster their ability to support patients in end-of-life situations. 

Participants in the End-of-Life Doula Certificate program will develop an understanding of how compassionate care, support, and advocacy through service can complement end-of-life care provided by the medical system. End-of-Life Doulas may serve as a non-medical care provider, who companion with individuals, families, and informal care-workers throughout the dying process in anticipation of end-of-life while focusing on physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the dying person and their loved ones.

As an end-of-life doula, participants will be able to: 

  • Provide Emotional Support: As an end-of-life doula, you have the opportunity to provide invaluable emotional support to individuals and their families during the challenging and sensitive end-of-life journey.
  • Give Comfort and Peace: You can help create a peaceful and comfortable environment for the person nearing the end of their life by offering gentle companionship, listening, and being present with them.
  • Deliver Education and Guidance: You can educate and guide individuals and their families through the dying process, providing information about various options, resources, and support services available to them.
  • Help to Empower: End-of-life doulas empower individuals to express their wishes, make decisions about their care, and ensure their desires are respected, promoting a sense of dignity and control.
  • Provide Bereavement Support: End-of-life doulas often provide bereavement support to the family after the individual has passed away, offering a compassionate presence during the grieving process.
  • Create a Holistic Approach: End-of-life doulas focus on holistic care, considering physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, and supporting individuals in finding comfort and meaning in their final days.

Get started in the End-of-Life Doula Certificate program.


Please Note: This certificate program is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal, financial, or medical advice. An End-of-Life Doula role is unlicensed and unregulated. Upon completion of the University of New England End-of-Life Doula Certificate program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

In addition: If someone important to you has died recently or you are experiencing acute grief, it is recommended that you give yourself time to process and recover. Taking this time will provide you with an opportunity to reflect on the impact of the death, evaluate your personal experience with grief and coping mechanisms, and integrate these experiences into your life. This will also ensure that when you register for the UNE End-of-Life Doula certificate program, you will be able to engage fully in the challenging and sometimes activating topics, focus effectively on the curriculum, and develop the skillset to become an effective End-of-Life Doula.

End-of-Life Doula Certificate

Current Registration Deadline

Register by September 14, 2024

Course begins Sep 15 - Nov 10

Tuition: $750


Why Choose the University of New England Online?

Fully Online

Fully Online

Courses are delivered fully online, allowing the flexibility to complete coursework around your schedule.



UNE Online offers some of the most affordable and competitive tuition rates, allowing you to complete your program for less.



Participants have consistent support from expert instructors and staff throughout the program, beginning right at the registration process.

Professional Advancement

Professional Advancement

With a professional certificate from UNE Online, you’ll find opportunities to sharpen your skill set and advance your career.

From the Faculty

“As a PT practitioner and teacher I have long been curious about end of life, and this course was an amazing way to explore and expand my understanding of the subject. The course includes lots of resources and with it being self-paced it allows time for additional introspection and meaningful reflection. A bonus of the course was coming together with the other students and sharing our experiences, which continues even after the end of the course as we discuss how we can continue to support each other and help each other figure out our next steps."

Molly Collin, PT of 25 years treating both adults and children and an adjunct faculty in the DPT program at UNE


To register for our End-of-Life Doula Professional Certificate program, simply click on the registration link below and follow the instructions to make your program payment of $750. This comprehensive certification program will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide invaluable support to individuals and their families during the end-of-life process. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a profound difference in the lives of those in need. Space is limited in this certificate program, so secure your spot today. 


For additional information or if you need assistance with the registration process, please contact an Enrollment Services representative at ceonline@une.edu, 855-751-4446.

Tuition and Fees

Alumni discounts are available! Please contact ceonline@une.edu for additional information.




Our End-of-Life Doula Certificate program is designed to be inclusive and welcoming to a wide range of individuals who are passionate about providing compassionate end-of-life care. The program is open to:

  • Family caregivers who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in supporting their loved ones during this critical stage of life.
  • Hospice volunteers will also find the program valuable in expanding their understanding of end-of-life care and developing additional tools to assist patients and their families.
  • Aspiring doulas who wish to specialize in end-of-life care will benefit from the comprehensive curriculum and expert instruction provided.
  • Anyone who has a genuine interest in this field and wishes to make a positive impact by offering support and comfort to individuals and families facing end-of-life challenges.

We believe that everyone, regardless of their background, can play a meaningful role in the end-of-life journey.

The End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program will be offered 4 times per year, and will run for 8-weeks.

No prior knowledge is required to participate in our End-of-Life Doula Certificate Program. We welcome individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to join us on this transformative journey. While no specific qualifications or experience are necessary, we do encourage participants to have a genuine interest in supporting others through the challenging end-of-life process. Compassion, empathy, and a willingness to learn are the most important attributes for this program.

Course Set Up

This End-of-Life Doula Certificate program is delivered 100% online and asynchronous, so they can be completed on nights and weekends!

At the successful completion of the End-of-Life Doula Certificate program, you will receive a certificate of completion as well as contact hours.

This course is not graded with a letter or number grade, however, in order to receive the certificate of completion, you must participate in and complete all of the required assignments.

No, however, we strongly recommend the following books as companions to the course material:

  • Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death by Henry Fersko-Weiss LCSW
  • Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying by Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley

This course offers 8 CEUs upon completion of the course.


There are no refunds, but, if you need to delay your start we are happy to help you to do that for up to one year.