Douglas College launches program to help people support someone who is dying

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Douglas College has launched an end-of-life doula program in BC and Regina.

The program aims to help people empower and support someone who is dying or is terminally ill.

Douglas College launched a pilot program in early 2017 and now they say they will be accepting for the November intake.

In a press release, course instructor Jennifer Mallmes says “There are no prerequisites for the program, but this is a perfect fit for people who have a desire to educate, empower and support those who are dying or terminally ill. Social workers, nurses, support workers and hospice volunteers find this course gives them practical ideas on how to support persons at the end of their life.”

The course start date is November 18th and people looking to sign up are being told the registration deadline is November 15th.

Mallmes says “The doula sees death as an experience that a family will remember for their entire lives and an opportunity for the dying person to experience a transformational experience.”

The program curriculum was approved by an advisory committee made up of members of the BC Palliative and Hospice Care Association.