End of life training

An invitation to be in a sacred and intimate relationship with grief, dying, and death.

apprenticeship with death

An immersive End of Life practitioner Training

An Apprenticeship With Death means you are cultivating inner and outer environments that allow for exploration, reflection, and creativity.  When you do this, you create a space where true growth can occur and discover new depths of understanding and meaning for life and death.  You tend to a natural unfolding of the processes of what it is to be human. 

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-opening embodiment experience for you to learn something for real.  In your bones, your cells, and your energetic field.  When you become an Apprentice with Death, you are living in sacred c0-creation, artistic leadership, and divine prayer. 

Is this right for you?

Accepting the reality of death and exploring its deeper meaning opens up a world of insight and transformation that will enrich your life in ways you never imagined possible.  It is a privilege to help someone plan for the end of their life and an honor to tend to their last breaths.  

An Apprenticeship With Death is first and foremost an apprenticeship with yourself.  You begin this personal journey with introspection and self-reflection by becoming intimate with your own mortality and seeking to better understand the meaning you make of life and death.  Intentional self care and commitment to knowing yourself are foundational to this course.  When you are in an apprenticeship with yourself, you gain greater wisdom, insight, and compassion for yourself and others.

Deeply knowing your why, your motivation to serve as an end of life doula, not only fosters your heart of compassion, but your family’s, community’s, and the world’s.

What you will learn in this training:

꩜  To restore reverence to the dying process

꩜  How to foster meaningful relationships when accompanying the dying

꩜  The impact of compassionate presence at the end of life

꩜  Understanding the mind, body, and spirit journey of dying, death, and grief.

꩜  End of life planning and decision making

꩜  Cross-cultural perspectives of grief and loss and alternative perspectives on life and death

꩜  Develop skills in dying, death, and grief.

What to expect from this training:

꩜  An immersive experience of multi-faceted learning.  Including, self-paced sessions, live virtual gatherings, in-person retreat, peer support, and guest speakers.

꩜  In order to graduate from this program and receive a certificate of completion, self-study, out-of-class reading, reflective writing, 75% live attendance, and 15 hours of volunteer service with hospice or other are required.

꩜  This is a rigorous and rewarding curriculum where you will be supported by a responsive staff, timely communications, and a reliable, easy to navigate learning platform.  All live classes will be recorded.

꩜  As the lead facilitator, Rhea will provide personal support and feedback to refine the critical skills needed to serve as an end of life practitioner.

꩜  Deepen your capacity and resiliency by learning to tend to yourself as a sacred vessel.  This is a vital aspect of being of service in any end of life setting.  Fill your cup first.


Grief, dying, and death can bring up emotions that may have been lying dormant or untended for years.  Prior to embarking on this Apprenticeship with Death, The following is advised:

꩜  daily prioritization of self-care practices to nurture your wellbeing

꩜  openness to insights into different cultural, spiritual, and psychological perspectives

꩜  willingness to research parts of your ancestral legacy

꩜  practice self-awareness, healthy boundaries, critical thinking, and act from a place of personal autonomy

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

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

While the rise of death doulas is relatively new, the practice of death care is ancient.  In modern times end of life practitioners 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 so much more.  Even if none of those are you, please apply.

this doula training includes:

Exclusive 4-month live immersion experience with Founder, End of Life Practitioner, and Certified Thanatologist, Rhea Mader

Bi-weekly calls on the Apprenticeship with Death modules for your own journey, development, and transformation

Resources for each module to help deepen your understanding and impact

Private community specifically for Apprenticeship With Death community

Supplemental self-paced recordings and interviews  with expert guest presenters

Welcome circle to meet your peers, overview the apprenticeship, set your intentions, and open an invitation to the ancestors

Bi-weekly Q&A to receive support and cowork and collaborate with others through specific aspects of the coursework

Playsheets, tools, and exercises for exclusive use with your clients

Option to form accountability groups and support within the community

3 day in-person retreat to gather as a community, continue learning, and closing ritual

Although you will receive a certificate upon completion, please note, this is a training program, not a certification or licensing program.  Currently, there is not a governing body that regulates end of life practitioners/doulas/midwives.  This course will prepare you for NEDA’s micro-credential proficiency assessment if you should choose to seek the NEDA proficiency badge.


We meet via Zoom for 4 months beginning July 24, 2024 followed by a 3 day retreat (location TBD).

The Focus of the Certificate Training

 This training is for those who desire to be in a relationship with dying, death, and grief.  This is deeper than surface-level learning and an invitation to a new state of consciousness.

The emphasis will be on the following:
History and cultural practices of tending to dying, death, and grief
Cultivating deep listening skills and compassionate communication
Embracing diversity and respect for different cultural perspectives in your practice
Explore how spiritual aspects foster connection and meaning-making
Elements of preparation and end of life decision-making
Expand comprehension of diverse forms of grief
Holding brave space for open dialogue, exploration, and challenging situations
Engaging in a collaborative care model
Recognizing the signs, phases, and care for the dying
Ethical considerations in end-of-life care
Understand the power of ritual and ceremony to guide and support
Exploring what it means to lead change
Skills for holding space for circular leadership

your guide

Rhea Mader (she/her)

Founder, Lead Facilitator

Rhea is an End of Life Practitioner, Certified Thanatologist, Interspiritual Chaplain Associate, Instinctive Meditation® teacher, and certified Life Coach. 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 is the honor of a lifetime to facilitate and witness heartfelt conversations about life and death and the embodied experience of being wholly human.  In addition, Rhea has trained nearly 200 end-of-life coaches, doulas and educators for the Conscious Dying Institute.

Investment & Reciprocity

We rise in responsibility for the change we want to see in ethical marketing practices, fair access, and livable earnings.  Built on principles of prosperity, accessibility, inclusion, wellness, and sustainability, we offer a sliding scale with no applications for scholarships or systems of proof.  We only ask that you reflect honestly on your monetary resources to invest/exchange what you are able.  If you or your organization are in a place of plenty, pay it forward by offering that abundance at a higher level. 

If you desire a payment plan please contact us at hello@consciouslivingconsciousdying.com

The enrollment rate does not include travel expenses, airfare, or airport transfer to and from the retreat.

Fully commit before you enroll.  If you need to cancel, you will receive a full refund, minus a $250 processing fee.  Beginning July 24, 2024, tuition is not refundable.

Please read the following pages regarding our Community Values and Reciprocity and Transparency.

Questions & Answers

Are there prerequisites for this training?

There are currently no prerequisites in order to take this training. However, I advise that you have a minimum of 25 hours of personal growth work and have a daily personal care practice.

Are there additional expenses for this program?

You will be required to purchase 2-3 additional books which cost no more than $20/piece. 

Retreat travel is not included.

Can I participate in the training if i don't intend on working as an eold?

Absolutely.  You are invited to take the training and participate in the program for your own personal knowledge even if you don’t intend on working as and end of life doula.  

How do I earn a certificate?

In order to graduate from this program and receive a certificate of completion, out of class reading, reflective writing, 75% live attendance, 15 hours of volunteer service of your choice, and a devotion to daily self care, are required.  Requirements are subject to change and details could vary by geographical location.

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 apply.

Where can I find the course content?

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

what are the logistical & Time requirements?

Our online training requires a reliable internet connection, a quiet environment, the ability to use online tools like Zoom, and a willingness to participate in virtual spaces.  The estimated time required for the course is about 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.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the training

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