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End-of-Life Doula Training Course

A unique opportunity to become a caregiver providing support for the dying and their families will be available through the End of Life Vigil Doula Training Class, from November 4 to 6, at The Indianapolis Star newspaper office. The program includes 22 hours of classroom training on active listening, leading imagery sessions and thoughtful planning for the individual and family.

Doulas are widely known as being birth coaches, but similarly, the role of an end-of-life doula is to get to know a dying individual beyond the illness as a friend. Doulas practice in hospice, hospitals, directly with patients, and other care facilities. A doula participates in activities with the individual, like watching TV, listening to stories, helping the individual recognize the meaning of their life and the legacy they will leave behind, and helping them cope with saying goodbye. Their primary focus is giving their full presence, as being present provides great support, especially if the individual doesn’t have family or friends during this period.

This training serves as the first step to the Vigil Doula Certification in becoming an end-of-life doula. No prior medical or hospice experience is required. Attendance is mandatory all three days.

Class admission: $600. Location:130 South Meridian St., Indianapolis, in the newspaper’s community room. For more information or to register, visit INELDA.org.

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