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End of life doula (BREV 1100)

Registration and Course Start
2019 Fall Dates


Course Name


End of Life Doula


Course Description


This course is designed for individuals who have been or will be called upon to provide care, support and advocacy for someone who is facing the end of their life. Students in this course develop an understanding of how the continuity of care and advocacy they provide complements the end of life care provided by the medical community and hospice palliative care workers and volunteers.


Whether you are a family caregiver seeking a deeper understanding of the questions and issues that arise at end of life, or are planning to open a practice as an End of Life Doula, this course will provide you with opportunities to discuss issues, ask questions, and find a community of practice that can support you as a caregiver through the end of life journey.


For more information about the community of practice for End of Life Doulas, please contact The End of Life Doula Association of Canada.



Subject Code


BREV 1100



Learning Objectives


By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe end of life care and the role of the end-of-life doula;
  • discuss a range of beliefs and practices surrounding death;
  • demonstrate effective communication skills;
  • understand the complexity of grief and demonstrate effective responses to expressions of grief;
  • understand and demonstrate the use of Advanced Care Planning tools
  • understand the legalities of funeral practices in the Province; and
  • understand the end-of-life doula community of practice.






Textbooks not included in tuition fee. 





There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but completion of English 12 with a minimum grade of “C” or LPI score of 4 or equivalent is assumed. Students who register are understood to be confirming successful completion of this expectation.



Course Content


Topics covered include:

  • palliative care and the complementary role of the end of life doula;
  • changing demographics and its effect on the health care system;
  • cross-cultural and religious beliefs and practices surrounding death;
  • effective communication skills;
  • vigiling and vigil support
  • complexity of grief and grieving, and the variety of coping mechanisms employed by the bereaved;
  • community resources available;
  • importance of and tools for Advanced Care Planning;
  • ethics and legal requirements; and
  • building a community of practice.

Please click here for course outline.


Learning Resources




*recommended to read in advance, however can be read during course also (approx 1.5hrs of reading/night)

Kessler, D. (2007) The Needs of the Dying, NY: Harper Collins




Okun, B. (2012) Saying Goodbye: A Guide to Coping with a Loved One’s Terminal Illness, NY: Berkley Books


Contact the Douglas College Bookstore or local/online bookseller for prices and ordering information.


Please purchase the book in advance of the course start date.



Instruction Method


This is a classroom-based course. Students are expected to participate in class discussions.





Two (approx 30-60mins ea) take-home assignments and two in-class assignments.





This course is graded on a Mastery/Non-mastery basis.  Continuing Education Certificate of Completion issued for successful participants of the course.



Completion Timeframe


5 days (32 hours)



Registration and Course Start


Registration is easy: simply call CE Registration at 604-527-5472 and quote the CRN (below) for the session you are interested in. Payment of the tuition fee must accompany registration.


Instructions on how to access your course materials will be emailed to you by the Program Assistant within five (5) business days prior to your chosen course start date.


2019 Fall Dates (pls check back for updates on locations):


(5 day


City, Province 





Sep 6-8, 13-15 31119

Brockville, ON

Holiday Inn Express Brockville

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30
Aug 30/19
Sep 7-11 31132

Winnipeg, MB

University of Manitoba

Sat-Tues, 9-4:30,
Wed 9-4

Sep 14-15, 22,



New Westminster,

Douglas College

Sat-Sun, 9-4:30,
Sun 9-4:30,
Sat 9-4:30,
Sun 9-4
Sep 16-20 31133

Canmore, AB

Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Sep 20-22, 27-29  31120

Bancroft, ON

North Hastings Community
Centre Banquet Hall

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 
Sep 13/19 
Sep 23-27 31126

Prince George, BC

Ramada Plaza

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Sep 13/19
Sep 30-Oct 4  31121

Whitby, ON

Iroquois Park Sports Centre 

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 CLASS FULL 
Oct 7-11 31127

Sechelt, BC

Rockwood Centre

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Sep 27/19
Oct 7-11 31134

Lloydminster, SK

Lakeland College

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Sep 27/19
Oct 7-11 31135

Yorkton, SK

Home Inn & Suites Yorkton

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Sep 27/19
Oct 18-20, 25-27  31122

London, ON

Fanshawe College

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 
Oct 21-25 31128

Nanaimo, BC

Grand Hotel Nanaimo

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Oct 21-25 31136

Lethbridge, AB

University of Lethbridge

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Oct 11/19
Oct 21-25 31137

Estevan, SK

Suburban Extended Stay Hotel

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Oct 11/19
Nov 1-3, 8-10  31123

Cornwall, ON

Cornwall Civic Complex

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 
Oct 25/19 

Nov 2, 9, 16, 23,



Coquitlam, BC

Douglas College

4xSat, 9-4:30, 1xSat 9-4
Nov 4-8 31130

Kamloops, BC

TRU - Thompson Rivers

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Oct 25/19
Nov 4-8 31138

Medicine Hat, AB

Medicine Hat College

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Oct 25/19
Nov 4-8 31139

Regina, SK

University of Regina

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4 Oct 25/19
Nov 4-8 

Kelowna, BC

specific location being finalized

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4  Oct 25/19 
Nov 15-17, 22-24  31124

Peterborough, ON

specific location being finalized

F's, 6-9, 
Sat-Sun's 9-4:30 
Nov 8/19 
Nov 25-29 31140

Grand Prairie, AB

Stonebridge Hotel

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Nov 15/19
Dec 2-6 31250

Kenora, ON

Kenora Recreation Centre

-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4
Nov 22/19


Dec 2-6


Squamish, BC

specific location being finalized

M-Th, 9-4:30, F 9-4  Nov 22/19

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