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​The Death and Resurrection Doula Community is led by End of life Doula Practitioner and Theologian, Laurel Marr. End of Life Doulas -- or Death Doulas -- are trending as the future of death care and forerunners of the Death Positive movement, a culture shift ushering in a positive mindset around death as part of living well. The Death and Resurrection Doula Training Program combines Christian theology and a comprehensive Doula practitioner program for serving the dying. This work gives a refreshing alternative to Christian healing ministries and mainstream Doula training programs. The theological component of this Death Doula training program is grounded in Scripture and tradition and dominated by a theology of the cross. The practitioner component is built with the help of other professional with vision for service to our neighbors in their time of greatest need. Jesus said, "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends" (John 15:13). Certified Death and Resurrection Doulas are ready to serve and can be found under the U. S. State and International group listings. Doulas certified in other programs can join our Collaborative Association through an abridged curriculum and benefit from Christian Collaboration and the Convene Communities business resources. For further information on training, finding a certified doula, and joining the Collaborative Association, watch the Navigation Video and create a log-in!

Community Information


"This is a wonderful ministry, a gift to both church and world. The hope of Resurrection is so much more than a vague 'afterlife': it is the reaffirmation, in God's ultimate new creation, of who we really are, body, mind and spirit. The comfort of this promise reaches back into the darkest moments we humans can face. Thank God for those who bring this comfort where it is most needed."  

~ N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope

What is a doula? 
Doula is an ancient Greek word meaning “a woman who serves.”  While of course not all doulas are women, service is at the heart of doula work. If you have ever heard of a doula, it is likely around pregnancy and childbirth.  An end-of-life doula (or death doula) is a non-medical practitioner trained to assist in the dying process.  Through a holistic practice, doulas help families and communities care for someone who is dying.  The concept of a doula is becoming a vital role in the end-of-life process as death doulas can help add quality of life to the end of life. Hiring a doula can transform the death experience for everyone involved.  With the assistance of a trained doula, the end-of-life process can be proficiently less muddled, after-death planning can be made lighter, and the family can focus on being a family.

The role of an end-of-life doula is specifically designed to assist the patient and the family with understanding the natural process
of death (before, during, and after) while providing suggestions for comfort and support as well as advocating for autonomy
in the choices of the client and encouraging the best communication possible between family, caregivers, and professionals
working in the direct care of the patient.
The Death & Resurrection Doula provides the first and only Christian end-of-life doula training program in a secularly dominated field. While other programs focus on New Age spiritualities and politics, this training brings the message of salvation in Jesus Christ
into the field of end-of-life doula care. 
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The Death and Resurrection Doula School of Training is a Christian program studied in two parts and is taught by Laurel Nicholson along with pastors, a chaplain, and a Hospice nurse. The first module prepares Death Doulas with the necessary theological foundation of the Christian faith. Why do we die? We must look to Genesis to know this answer. Our personal stories hold the story of Jesus Christ who has come to save us from sin, death, and the Devil.  End-of-life doulas are trained to see their stories through a lens of "justification by faith through grace" and to listen to the stories of those they will be serving. ​Theological topics such as the significance of baptism and funerals are also covered. The second module consists of the necessary training for the professional vocation of non-medical support to individuals, families, and communities in the face of death. ​There are 12 lessons in each module. 

Live training sessions (Zoom) run continuously on Tuesdays (7:30-8:30 pm EST) and Fridays (8:30-9:30 am EST). 

Program Cost:  $900 ($450 per module).

Student collaboration & Program Creator accessibility is a strong point of this program.  


Convene Communities is a Platform with a Purpose. One platform log-in provides access to training and the resources to grow a dynamic business. Following certification in Modules 1 & 2, Death and Resurrection Doulas have the option to move on to The Death & Resurrection Doula Collaborative Association.

The Death and Resurrection Doula Collaborative Association is a subscription membership available after certification ($25/mo.). Joining this group will boost your business development endeavors through continued live support & doula collaboration (every other Monday at 7:30-8:30 pm EST). Robust continuing education opportunities keep you updated with curriculum additions and changes in the global end-of-life doula movement. It is an alternative to the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance and promotes a Christian worldview.

Standardization of service is imperative in the unregulated field of end-of-life doula services.  The Death and Resurrection Doula comprehensive training curriculum is condensed into an abbreviated Orientation Module for doulas certified in other programs, opening the door for Christian collaboration and worldwide growth. 

Chaplaincy services for end-of-life doulas will be offered before the end of 2024.

Find a Doula:

Inside The Death and Resurrection Doula Community, U.S. State and International Directories provide certified doulas with the opportunity to grow successful end-of-life doula business storefronts. This "living directory" connects doulas with those in need of their services and promotes state-wide support & collaboration. 

The Death & Resurrection Doula Training Program launched on Tuesday nights one year ago! Since that time, a Friday morning training group was added, including South African trainees, two classes have been instructed live in modules 1 & 2, and three previously certified doulas have joined the Continuing Edu. & Collaboration Association.

Remote services are popular and accessible across many fields of care.  Remote or hybrid (remote and touch-point services) end-of-life doula services work well in many cases and can be tailored to meet the needs of any individual, family, or community. Not finding a certified doula in your community or does a specific doula's service brand meet your needs? We've got you covered with excellent care options.

International Death & Resurrection Fellowship Café: 

Mondays 1 pm - 2 pm EST

The virtual fellowship café (Zoom) is open to everyone! This is an opportunity to join in the fellowship of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.  Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea and meet friends from around the world. No Biblical knowledge is required to attend. Bring a friend!


The most powerful aspect of Convene Communities is how I use the platform to instruct my trainees in the information they want to know (how to be an end-of-life doula) and open a way to be successful (inviting collaboration) through a "franchise" business strategy. Convene gives me the tools to help others take what they learn from me, add their personal life experience, and share it with others through tangible service.
All Convene memberships & purchases are eligible for affiliate commissions. This opportunity builds an ecosystem of support for increased individual earnings, membership growth, and an expanded reach of services. Why do I believe in the power of for-profit businesses?  I expect the first issue raised with this will be the issue of the poor. Education and work lead to brighter futures and welfare does not. This does not mean charity is unimportant. I envision a system that makes education attainable, strengthens economic growth in communities, and lifts the consciousness and confidence of being human. God has endowed us with gifts to be servants and sustain a livelihood. 
How to Get Started:
1. Create a log-in!
2. Go to The Death & Resurrection Doula Community Dashboard > Documents for detailed information.
3. To join in Training or Collaboration, click Groups > Training Group.
4. To join the Fellowship Café, click Groups > Fellowship Café.
5. To Find or Support your local end-of-life doulas, click Groups > choose State or Int'l Directory
6. Questions? Please use the Community Discussion Board! or contact Laurel Marr:
7. Follow us on Social media!
IG:  @deathandrezdoula
Youtube:  @thedeathandresurrectiondoula

Community Leadership

Community Leader
Laurel Marr

Community Members

136 members in the Community

2 Convene Private Memberships

2 Convene Premier Memberships