For End-of-Life Doulas
End-of-life doulas come from all walks of life and have varying interests and skills. This field is very new. NEDA has created a Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies to guide end-of-life doula trainers, end-of-life doulas, and families alike.
A Certificate of Proficiency from NEDA signifies that these Core Competencies have been met. Families can know that an end-of-life doula that holds a NEDA Certificate of Proficiency has met certain standards. Hospice and palliative care organizations can have the same confidence when hiring or making referrals to end-of-life doulas who hold a NEDA Certificate of Proficiency. And end-of-life doulas who have a Certificate of Proficiency can themselves know that their knowledge compares to others working in the field.
NEDA recommends that you choose your training program carefully to ensure that the curriculum covers all that is needed to pass the exam and obtain the NEDA Certificate of Proficiency for end-of-life doulas. Also know that obtaining a NEDA Certificate of Proficiency is voluntary; many doulas who have been working in their communities for a while may feel that they do not need this extra "stamp of approval" and that's okay. As of now, there is no overseeing legal entity that regulates this profession. A Certificate of Proficiency is but one step that some will choose to take toward becoming a professional end-of-life doula.
For Home Funeral Guides
Home funeral guides also come from many backgrounds and have varying approaches to teaching families how to care for their own dead. Holding a NEDA home funeral guide Certificate of Proficiency will signify to families that the guide is well-trained, meets certain standards, and knows the laws regarding after death care in their state. Home funeral guides must respect and abide by the legal restrictions placed on them by the regulated, licensed funeral industry.
The NEDA home funeral guide Certificate of Proficiency was developed in partnership with the National Home Funeral Alliance. To learn more about home funerals, home funeral guides, where to find trainers, and much more, please visit homefuneralalliance.org.
A WORD ABOUT CERTIFICATION:
Training programs that have designed their own curriculum sometimes offer what they call certification where they attest to successful completion of a course of study. However, there is no local, regional or federal authority, regulatory, or accrediting body that oversees the development of end-of-life doula or home funeral guide training. This is considered an in-house certification only. As with obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency, earning a particular program's self-certification is voluntary and is not required to practice as an end-of-life doula or home funeral guide.
NATIONAL END-OF-LIFE DOULA ALLIANCE (NEDA)
PO BOX 456
HOLDERNESS NH 03245
NEDA is a nonprofit 501c6 membership organization dedicated to supporting end-of-life doulas and the families they serve. Content on this website is for informational purposes only and is not offered as legal advice.