A New Educational Program

Become a HOPE End-of-Life Doula

End-of-life doulas provide non-medical, holistic support and comfort to the dying person and their family, which may include education and guidance as well as emotional, spiritual or practical care. Each doula has their own skill set and works with a family to determine what their needs are.

What you will learn


Comprehensive End-of-Life Doula Training

End-of-Life Doulas are beginning to fill the gaps in hospice and palliative care systems throughout America. With recent trends favoring a more natural death in the home setting, doulas are being sought after as the guides and advocates a family needs as a loved one is dying.

Our 24-hour comprehensive training course includes:

Four weeks of training classes and Zoom meetings

Each week video class presentations will be required viewing before each follow-up Zoom class

Required reading weekly from our Resource Manual

Each week Zoom classes (1.5 hours each) required to attend

One Full Day of In-person class instruction (9am-3:30pm)

Session 1
Date: Thursday September 9,2021
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

Online classes--please view before the September 9th Zoom meeting:

Medicare Hospice, Social Hospice

Physical care of the dying

End-of-lfe Doula Approach

Session 2
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: Zoom Class 6:30-8:00 PM

Online Classes—Please view before the September 16th Zoom meeting

Active Listening

Spiritual Care

Diversity in faith and culture

Session 3
Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: Zoom Class 6:30-8:00 PM

Online Classes—Please view before the September 23rd Zoom meeting

Support of the Dying

Advanced Planning

Session 4
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: Zoom Class 6:30-8:00 PM

Online Classes to view before September 30th Zoom meeting

Legal Aspects of Dying

Vigil Planning/After Care


End-of-Life Doula roles

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021--Place TBD (Thousand Oaks)
Time: 9:00-3:30 PM (LUNCH INCLUDED)

Please review syllabus topics below and the HBO Film “The End” on Amazon Prime before this class. Topics to be covered:


End-of-Life Doula Roles—Discussion

End-of-Life Doula Certification requirements


Learn with the Best

Teresa Wolf, RN

Co-founder of Our Community House of Hope, has worked with hospice patients and their families for 25 years. She has a special passion for educating nursing students and volunteers in this specialized field for many years. She is the author of the book, Hope in Our Final Season.

Lisa Horner, RN

Has been a nurse in the field of hospice for 13 years. Prior to becoming a nurse, she volunteered for 2 hospice agencies and recently volunteered at OCHH. In September 2018 Lisa became a certified End-of-Life Doula.

Beginning in September 2021!

Course Curriculum

The role of the doula in end-of-life care

The scope of practice for end-of-life doulas

Hospice/Palliative care models

The Social Model End-of-life care home model

Exploring our own fears about death and dying

Accompanying the dying

Family Assessment tools

Understanding the dying process and the needs of the family

Non-medical comfort measures

Active listening and communication skills

Family needs and dynamics

Life Review, Meaning and legacy work

Spiritual Care, Rituals, Sitting Vigil

Faith traditions and Cultural Diversity at the end-of-life

Advanced Planning, Advanced Directives, POLST

End-of-life Care Option Act in California

Self-care for the doula and caregiver

After death care, funerals, home funerals

Grief and Bereavement support—Part of the Doulas role

Become an End-of-Life Doula

Don't miss this opportunity to take our amazing training series!

This training series will begin in September 2021.

Our next training series will be in the Spring of 2022.


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End-of-Life Doula Certification Workshop

(additional course designed for those who wish to become professional doulas)

Date To be determined

2.5 hour Zoom class workshop

20 hours of in person volunteer service to hospice patients

Required follow-up in-service Zoom classes for one year


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Contact us at:
Our Community House of Hope
509 Raindance St.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

P: 1 (805) 377-1907

E: Teresa@ourhouseofhope.org or Info@ourhouseofhope.org