Reclaiming Deathcare

End of Life Practitioner Training

apprenticeship with death

A state of being with and tending to

This apprenticeship is an invitation to open a portal of deep thinking, discernment, and unique experience that cannot be fully taught or explained through intellect alone. This is a heart-centered experience of remembering and a heart-opening experience for you to learn something for real. To embody it in your bones, your cells, and your energetic field. When you become an Apprentice with Death, you are living in co-creation, sacred leadership, and prayer. 

In Apprenticeship With Death, we cultivate individual, group, and collective environments that allow exploration, reflection, and creativity. Our mission is to create a nurturing environment that invites remembering, curiosity, discovery, expansion and a richer understanding of the complexities of life and death. Together, we are tending to the natural unfolding of being human – to die.

This could be the container you’ve been seeking if:

꩜ You hold reverence for the privilege and honor to witness, tend to, and guide others as they plan for the end of their life

꩜ You seek a compassionate approach to end-of-life care that respects the dying individual, their loved ones, and acknowledges the needs of caregivers

꩜ You’re open to a personal journey that involves contemplating your mortality and seeking greater wisdom

꩜ You’re ready to open up a world of insight and transformation that will enrich your life in ways you never imagined possible

꩜ You aspire to cultivate compassion within yourself, your loved ones, your community, and the world as you explore your calling to become an end-of-life practitioner

꩜ You desire to be a wise and well ancestor one day


꩜ daily prioritization and devotion to nurture your wellbeing

꩜ openness to different cultural, spiritual, and psychological perspectives

꩜ willingness to research parts of your ancestral and cultural legacy

꩜ practice self-awareness, healthy boundaries, critical thinking, and autonomy as an adult learner

꩜ responsibility for resourcing someone to process with you if you need additional support

꩜ acknowledgment of historic and current systems of oppression and commitment to transformation

You don’t need a medical background to provide end-of-life care as a death doula, midwife, or practitioner. End-of-life professionals come from various backgrounds, such as nursing, yoga, hospice, palliative care, social work, spiritual care, chaplaincy, funeral industry, patient advocacy, life coaching, counseling, bereavement coordination, child life specialist, speech-language pathologist, physical therapy, occupational therapy, energy healing, Reiki, acupuncture, and many, many others.

You may also be a human desiring to be in a more intimate relationship with death from the perspective of writing, speaking, advocating, being an active part of your local community, or holding space for the ones you love.

In this training, you will:

꩜ Develop deep listening and compassionate communication skills

꩜ Learn to offer non-judgmental support and guidance

꩜ Gain exposure to various cultural practices and perspectives in deathcare

꩜ Explore your ancestral lineage to understand more about your views on grief, dying, and death

꩜ Examine how belief, religion, and spirituality influence end-of-life matters

꩜ Journey with the mysteries of end-of-life; including visions, dreams, and visitations

꩜ Be aware of grief from a diagnostic lens and as a natural part of the universal human experience

꩜ Navigate the complexities of holding space for challenging death scenarios

꩜ Understand the critical nature of end-of-life planning and advance care directives

꩜ Identify signs of dying, pain, suffering, and disease trajectories

꩜ Learn about hastening death and related practical issues

꩜ Cultivate your unique approach to advocacy and leadership in holistic deathcare

꩜ Experience the role of rituals and rites of passage in the dying process

Embrace the collaborative care model for community end of life care and death care

꩜ Establish and understand professional boundaries, ethics, and legal responsibilities as a deathcare practitioner

training experience:

꩜ Spacious time for live Q&A, reflective conversation, and access to a student-only community portal

꩜ Rigorous and rewarding curriculum where you will be supported by a responsive facilitator, timely communications, and an easy-to-navigate course platform

꩜ Active participation and engagement are requested as we collaborate on the learning journey together

꩜ Continue your path with an exceptional, hands-on, experiential 3-day retreat

Experienced facilitators actively working in the end of life and death care industry

Program Structure

Live Zoom Calls + Course Platform + In-Person Retreat

  • Meet live on Zoom 1 weekend a month for learning sessions
  • Meet live on Zoom 1 time a month for open Q&A and conversation
  • Gather for an in-person retreat 
  • 15 service hours of your choice in the realm of dying, death, and grief
  • Meet live on Zoom for group mentorship calls 1 time a month for 3 months post retreat

Earning a Certificate of Completion

  • 90% live attendance (Must watch the replay if the class is missed)
  • Self-evaluation and assessment at the beginning and end of the course to survey your personal and professional growth
  • Completion of all playsheets, required resources, and embodiment practices for each module (3-5 hours per week)
  • Final written assessment – answering questions about the course content in a free-form way to show your understanding and embodiment of the teachings and to express your authentic approach
  • Completion of 15 hours of volunteer service of your choice within the industry
  • Completion of course evaluation

Please Note:

Although you can receive a certificate upon completion, please note that this is a training program, not a certification or licensing program. Currently, there is no governing body that regulates end-of-life practitioners, doulas, or midwives. This course will prepare you for NEDA’s micro-credential proficiency assessment if you should choose to seek the NEDA proficiency badge. If you are self-reporting CEUs, we are happy to support you with any information that will be helpful.

2024 Summer-Fall Training Information:

Training Sessions

Saturday, July 27 + Sunday, July 28
Saturday, August 24 + Sunday, August 25
Saturday, September 28 + Sunday, September 29
Saturday, November 16 + Sunday, November 17

These online sessions will be from
12-3 PM PT
1-4 PM MT
2-5 PM CT
3-6 PM ET

Open Q&A + Conversation

Thursday, August 8
Thursday, September 12
Thursday, October 10

These online sessions will be from
1-3 PM PT
2-4 PM MT
3-5 PM CT
4-6 PM ET

In-person retreat

October 25 | 9 AM to 5 PM CT
October 26 | 9 AM to 5 PM CT
October 27 | 9 to 11 AM CT

Volunteer Debrief + Collaborate

Thursday, December 12
Thursday, January 9, 2025
Thursday, February 13, 2025

These online sessions will be from
1-3 PM PT
2-4 PM MT
3-5 PM CT
4-6 PM ET

Note: 90% live attendance is required to earn a certificate of completion, and you must watch the replay if you miss a session. The retreat continues the learning, communal, and embodiment experience. It is highly recommended but not required.


The enrollment rate covers

  • Course content and associated fees
  • Compensation of facilitator
  • Compensation of guest facilitator(s) and/or presenter(s)
  • Retreat lunchtime meals, drinks, and snacks to keep you nourished

The enrollment rate does not cover

  • Your travel expenses. Including airfare or airport transfer to and from the retreat
  • Room and board
  • Breakfast and dinner meals

Wichita ICT is the nearest airport to fly into

Cohorts are kept small and spacious for engaging conversation and group learning

Retreat Rituals for tending to grief & death

a collage of photographs from the Apprenticeship With Death retreat

enroll for july cohort

July 27, 2024 – February 13, 2025

$3,500 USD

4 month payment plans are available

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Cancellations are subject to a $250 processing fee.
After July 27, 2024 full tuition becomes non-refundable.
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practices for guiding after death care

a collage of photographs from the Apprenticeship With Death retreat


Rhea Mader (she/her)

Rhea is a Certified Thanatologist, Interspiritual Chaplain Associate, Life Coach, Instinctive Meditation® and Yoga Nidra teacher. Her personal losses, including the death of her baby and grandmother, along with her professional experiences in residential and medical facilities, ignited her passion for transforming the way we hold space for the tenderness of life and death in the face of trauma, isolation, and deep grief. She says it’s the honor of a lifetime to tend to, to facilitate and to witness life and death and the embodied experience of being wholly human. Learn more about Rhea at her website,

Questions & Answers

Are there additional expenses for this program?

There has been an intentional awareness placed on not incurring additional costs. In a couple of rare instances, you may be asked to rent a film or documentary. An abundance of resources are provided for you, but they are not required for the completion of this course.

Retreat travel and room are not included. See the details section above.

Can I participate if i don't intend on pursuing this professionally

Absolutely. Please join for your knowledge and wisdom experience even if you don’t intend on working as an end of life practitioner.

What are some of the ways I can work as an end of life practitioner?

This depends on your experience, education, training, community connections, and your desire to create opportunities for yourself.  End of Life Practitioners come from all walks of life and aren’t limited to medical fields.  An end of life practitioner offers nonmedical support and guidance and may have backgrounds in areas such as yoga, nursing, hospice, palliative care, social work, spiritual care, medical care, chaplaincy, funerals, life coaching, counseling, bereavement, holistic healing, Reiki, acupuncture, and more.  Even if none of those are you, I encourage you to count yourself in.

Where can I find the course content?

The course content will be available to you through a private online portal accessed with a personal login.

what are the logistical & Time requirements?

The online training requires a reliable internet connection, a quiet environment, the ability to use online tools like Zoom, and a willingness to participate in the virtual space. The estimated time required for the course is about 3-5 hours per week, depending on the week.  The course is created so that most people will maintain their full-time work or full-time student schedules. In addition, you get out of it what you put into it.  

Still have questions? Email to schedule an appointment.