The Beyond Hospice program is composed of two parts which leads to a certificate as a Midwife to the Dying and Home Funeral Guide:
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This portion of the program may be started at any time and is self-paced. There are 32 modules which require reading and/or viewing podcasts, plus five writing assignments. The online modules must be completed within one year of the start date.
Cost: $465 | Register
- Residential practicum/intensive/retreat/trainig
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This part of the program can be fulfilled by taking a course that is offered through the Beyond Hospice program, or through other home funeral guides who offer in-person training. For a list of some please visit National Home Funeral Alliance site: http://www.homefuneralalliance.org
The residential retreat practicum offered through Beyond Hospice is held Thursday through Sunday in Austin, Texas and is usually offered twice a year. However, Donna is traveling in Guatemala for an extended Spanish language immersion course (a life-long dream of hers) and the next course she will offer is a year from now, in February 2014.
Participants may choose to do only one part and that is fine. But completing both parts is required for receiving a certificate of completion.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
By completing the coursework and attending the practicum retreat, you will have earned an 88-hour certificate as a Midwife to the Dying (or other term you choose to use) and Home Funeral Guide. If you attend only the practicum retreat you may ask to receive a 21-hour certificate of completion for Home Funeral Guide training.
Note of explanation about Certification: There is no third-party national credentialing organization to offer certification for home funeral guides or midwives to the dying. Beyond Hospice offers its own internal “credential” program that teaches specific skills involving a combination of classes and a practicum. Unlike a program certified by an independent, third-party agency, this certification may not be nationally recognized.
Donna is a true professional with the perfect blend of compassion and wisdom. She is skilled at facilitating groups and creating a safe environment to learn and share. The material was relevant and was presented through several modalities, keeping the retreat interesting and stimulating. I left having a sense of how the leaders in the field of death midwifery and home funerals approach the work and best serve others. The practicum provided additional resources to incorporate into my work as a Hospice volunteer and gave me the context and framework I needed to feel confident in my next steps in educating my community about home funerals. I would recommend the practicum retreat to anyone interested in becoming a more skilled hospice worker and/or interested in educating or providing assistance to others with home funerals. ~ Shannon, California
- 100% refund if cancelled (in writing) within 30 days
- 50% refund if cancelled (in writing) within 60 days
- No refund if cancelled (in writing) over 60 days
- 100% refund if cancelled (in writing) 30 days or more prior to start of practicum retreat.
- 70% refund if cancelled (in writing) less than 30 days prior to start of practicum retreat.
- 50% refund if cancelled (in writing) less than 10 days prior to start of practicum retreat.
- No refund if cancelled less than 72 hours prior to start of practicum retreat.