Program At-A-Glance

This End of Life Doula Certificate is a 2 phase 8 day onsite program for front line clinicians, clinical leaders, educators, home and family caregivers, healing arts professionals, volunteers, and anyone interested in exploring their own life and death.  The Certificate offers 63 nursing CEUs.

Registration for both phases is required (check for earlybird rates & Discounts for Vancouver Programs)

Program Dates in2017:

  • Boulder, CO - Winter Program: Phase 1 - Jan 27-29, Phase 2 - Mar 29-Apr 2, Program Cost - $2460

  • Vancouver Program: Phase 1 - Feb 11-13, Phase 2 -  June 24-28, Program Cost - $1860

  • Boulder, CO - Fall Program: Phase 1 - Sep 8-10, Phase 2 - Nov 8-12, Program Cost - $2995

  • Sample Daily Schedule

Application Process:

Applying is easy.  Click here to open our on-line application, fill in the blanks and you're done.  We'll be in touch with you shortly thereafter.

Refund / Cancellation Policy:

If for any reason you need to cancel your attendance for this event, we will happily reschedule for another program within 12 months.


Christine Crouch,RN,BSN
Kaiser Permanente Volunteer
Kaiser Sacramento Medical Center
2025 Morse Ave.
Sacramento, California 95825

"I completed three program trips to Boulder in 2013 and 2014 and found that it was worth every minute of my time and expense.

The results from my participation in this cutting-edge program continues to manifest in my life and in my volunteering,in ways that I did not expect. I felt transformed and am making decisions that allow me to live more fully. I believe that when the health caregiver is transformed, patients and families are transformed. I learned many things from the Conscious Dying principles,exercises, meditations, active listening, openly sharing in a safe environment, and deep learning from experienced leaders in the areas of dying/death, music, meditations, artistic expression, healing modalities in more expansive ways.

I wish to see more health caregivers participate in the Conscious Dying Institute Programs as I see that it will result in their own transformation. I envision patients/families will make more informed decisions related to end-of-life care. I envision more patients will have Advanced Directives and participate in palliative care.They will understand the dying/death process and express their wishes. This will increase HCAP scores because they feel Kaiser supports them. It will also cost less for the patient and KP."

Read moreBenefits of Sacred Passage Guidance Training.

What is a Sacred Passage Doula?

End of Life Doulas are frontline caregivers who offer healing vs.curative care to families and patients during critical illness and the dying process. They work individually or in teams, being available around the clock, filling the gaps care before, nearing and during death. Their compassionate presence increases quality life moments of the families and patients they serve. The presence of an end of life Doula at bedside assures that families and loved ones can focus on what is most important throughout the dying time.

The Sacred Passage Doula Certificate Program prepares caregivers from all disciplines and care settings to befriend death, surrender and trust deeply in each moment and restore death to its sacred place in the beauty, mystery and celebration of life. It builds communities of care and healing, benefiting all those involved in care at end of life.

Conscious Dying Education's result is transformational for everyone.  It changes end of life care by transforming caregivers, preparing caregivers to be authentically present, communicate with vulnerability, honesty, and compassion and give comforting healing vs curative (medical, technical) care to anyone, regardless of health status.

Unique Benefits and Outcomes of Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula Certificate

Our Sacred Passage:End of Life Doula Certificate is a highly accessible, onsite End-of-Life Education program for nurses, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, family members, and anyone interested in exploring what it means to die consciously. This high transformative programprepares caregivers across all settings to be authentically present, communicate with vulnerability, honesty, and compassion and offer palliative comfort care healing modalities to anyone, regardless of health status, by focusing on improving care at end of life.

  • Curative care to healing care
  • Physical exhaustion to vitality
  • Challenging topics into confident, compassionately supported conversations 
  • Unexpressed wishes to beauty-filled visions and Best Life Care plans 
  • Unexpressed feelings into life satisfaction and completion

Graduates will be able to implement the Conscious Dying Principles and Practices :

  • Increase beauty, pleasure, contentment
  • Provide emotional and spiritual support
  • Initiate conversations about the dying process
  • How and when to practice self care to reduce burnout and emotional fatigue
  • Demystify the stages of the dying process
  • Acknowledge mysteries, miracles, and unexplained events
  • Learn how to be with intense emotions, in self and others
  • How to honor other’s beliefs without them threatening your own
  • Be a Steward of a conscious death
  • Attend at bedside so that no one dies alone

    A Three Phase on-site Tranformative course

    This is a three phase program leading to the Sacred Passage: End of Life Doula Certificate. It offers 62 Continuing Education Credits (CEU's).  Phases are not offered separately from the full Certificate program.

    During the 3 phases , our program participants discover their true desires for living and dying, develop “Best Three Months of Life” Priorities and care plans in 5 Domains of Life, and receive and learn to administer caring healing modalities to all involved at end of life.

    We expand beyond expertise in clinical practices to offer comforting care people want and need most.  We develop our ground of being and internal caring healing capacity to navigate vulnerable transitions and enter the healing, transformational portals surrounding the death.

    We practice supporting others to have conscious lives through death and become curious about what a conscious loving death might be. We learn to talk about death with a bold courageous heart providing a loving, trusting, caring healing environment in which everyone involved in end of life care can thrive in this last great sacred passage.  

      Phase 1: Preparing: Self as Healing Environment.

      "Conscious Dying Practices for Awakening NOW" are implemented to produce transformational education focused on inner awakening of caregiver. Phase 1 develops:

      • Self care and nurturance
      • Restores Authentic Healing Gifts and Purpose
      • Increases Awareness of Ending of Life Desires, Beliefs, and Wishes
      • Emphasizes:
        • Conscious Connection
        • Confident Communication
        • Comforting Care
      Best Three MOnths: End of Life Coaching and Care Planning

      Best Three MOnths: End of Life Coaching and Care Planning

      • Phase 2: Best Three Months Practicum
        • Between Phase 1 and Two: Best 3 Months: End of Life Coaching and Care Faculty Mentored Practicum in which Students develop Best Three Months of life Care and Priorities in the five Domains of life. They work together on their own care plan and devleop a care plan for 2 other people in their community.

      Phase 3Best Life Care: 5 Domain Healing Modality Training

      Through live music, restorative and releasing “practices for death”, visioning for Best Three Months of Life, community and individual grief and forgiveness rituals, participants heal their own sense of separation and isolation from life. Faith in life is renewed, loving relationships restored, and the experience of the transformative healing potential of death is grounded and embodied in each graduate. 

      • Best Life Care: Comfort Healing Modalities - uses 5 domains of life healing modality education and care program including expert presenters in: Spiritual, Emotional, Physical, Life Purpose & Review , and After Death Rituals and Care
        • Spiritual Awareness
        • Emotional Completion
        • Physical Comfort
        • Life Review
        • Practical After Death Care
      • Creating Ceremony & Ritual, Community Building, Buisness Development
        • Doula Practice Business Development
        • Strategic Visioning for Doula Practice
        • Peer Mentoring and Coaching
        • Access to Conscious Dying Institute Branding and Marketing materials
        • Listing on End of Life Doula Directory

      Who is it for?

      Anyone wishing to know more about their own life and death and or who wishes to serve others facing death.

      • Frontline staff, nurses, clinicians, healing arts professionals, home and family caregivers, or anyone wishing to serve at the end of life, including those interested in exploring their own mortality and desiring to deepen their present moment awareness and full experience of life. 

              Types of people attending:

      • Para and Legal Professionals; Massage Therapists and Healing Arts Practitioners; Physicians, Nurses, PAs, NPs, PTs, Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals; Directors of Nursing Education; Nursing Students; Children and Families facing death or loss of loved ones; Directors, Staff, Activities Directors, Residentsof Senior Care Communities; Psychologists, Chaplains, LSWs; and anyone wishing to learn more about their own death and serving others at end of life.
      • Supportive coursework for yoga students, teachers and teacher trainings
      • Continuing education for caregivers, therapists, and nurses, hospice volunteers
      • Community Organizations, and Faith Based groups

        What Makes us Unique?

        The Program utilizes Conscious Dying Education principles, practices and a sacred healing care philosophy. The course is an intensive, highly interactive, community building model that establishes deeper access to our authentic caring healing presence, deeper relationship to source, self and others where we expand beyond our own personal fear and beliefs about life and death.

        We utilize media rich emotionally and spiritually evocative content from leaders-old and new, in care for the dying. The programs integrates evidence based, caring healing practices from the work of Dr. Jean Watson's Caring Science Theory, using the Unitary World View and 10 Caritas Process side by side with Conscious Dying Principles and Practices. The combination of a variety of teaching/learning styles effectively brings personal healing and transformation to caring professionals so that their personal healing experience informs their care for others.

        • Media Rich/Healing Intensive/Expert Presenter Learning Environment
        • Multiple levels of learning and interaction at all times
        • Use of materials from the work of Elizabeth Kubler-ross, Dr. Jean Watson, Frank Osteski, Gary Malkin and Michael Stillwater, "Graceful Passages", "Care for the Journey"
        • Film, movies, Ted talks

        What is this training and what does it do?

        Be Whole | Be Held | Be Healing

        Each of us is a whole being composed of shared and unique spiritual, emotional, physical intellectual, and practical human needs which come to the fore during end of life transitions. This program restores our true purpose and our capacity to attend with wholeness, care and love in all domains of life.  It renews the innate healing gifts and talents of caregivers, making it natural and easy to offer Whole Being Care. How does this happen?

        Caregivers receive nurturance and emotional and spiritual attention needed to experience their own healing that increases self-care and self-love. The transpersonal, experiential learning modalities and practices offered in the program bring the caregiver into a deeper understanding of and peace with his or her own mortality. After all, it is hard to comfort the dying if we haven’t faced our own fear.  From this place of greater self-understanding and self care, there is a far greater capacity for holding one another, listening attentively, being open and honest, communicating honestly and compassionately for that we can face death, experience forgiveness and increase love.

        Beyond Right to Die | Toward Rites of Passage

        Start with the End in Mind: Intentional Designs For Deathing

        How we die is our last and long lasting living legacy. How we die is a mirror to those left behind about what became possible in our lifetime. What if we could be supported to enter this process as a Hero's Journey? What if we partner with families and patients to create rites of passage worthy of their lives?  By focusing on the end and talking about death, we discover what matters most in life NOW. We understand our true nature, our enduring values and life priorities so that they can be fulfilled before we die.

        Graduates of our End Of Life Doula Certificate support families and patients not only to talk about death. They build trusting relationships, design “Best Life Care” plans, and offer comfort care matching those plans before, during and after death. We learn to sit vigil and support families and patients to focus on what matters most- guided by the wishes of patients and families.

          Beyond Do no Harm | Toward The Evolution of Human Consciousness: From Workforce to CAREFORCE

          Creating Caring Healing Culture of End of Life Doulas

          Sacred Passage Guidance: End of Life Certificate Graduates develop confidence in their authentic healing presence. They deepen their ability to be with the vulnerabilities and turbulent waters arising around the dying time.

          Our Graduates' new depth of spiritual awareness, physical embodiment and attunement, emotional intelligence and empathy create a new culture and Careforece of care and healing at end of life becoming the next great revolution in healthcare. A revolution capable of increasing the evolution of human consciousness-a potential that is heightened when people understand that their life nears an ending.

          It is possible to experience the fullness of life and the promise held within the DNA of 'Death'. Death's encoding holds within it a transformational portal for not only the one who is preparing to leave this earth but for all involved in the dying process.

          Graduates become a part of a new culture of care and healing-the careforce who positively improve end of life patient satisfaction and care, improve the health of families and ultimately communities, and supports reduction in extreme, futile "Life at All Costs Care". The healing care of an End of Life Doula goes beyond do no harm toward care and healing for all positively contributing to the evolution of all human consciousness.

          Achieving the "Triple Aim" in Healthcare

          The IHI Triple Aim is a framework developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement that describes an approach to optimizing health system performance. Conscious Dying Education and Care answers the national, ethical, and cultural imperatives to develop new designs for health at end of life --simultaneously pursuing three dimensions identified by IHI-- called the “Triple Aim”:

          • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
          • Improving the health of populations (systems, cities, organizations, families, communities)
          • Reducing the per capita cost of health care.