Ever heard of an end-of-life doula? If not, they're trained non-medical professionals who offer comfort, love, and support as loved ones pass away, providing a sense of healing energy.

But what about our beloved pets? They're part of the family too, so why not extend this type of support to them? Well, now you can.

According to News Center Maine, UNE is introducing a program where students can train to become pet doulas, helping guide our beloved pets as they transition to the rainbow bridge.

The University of New England has begun a unique new certificate program, led by Tracey Walker, who is a death care expert.

This is a first-of-its-kind program offered by UNE, and comes as a response to growing interest in death doula work.

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As the article states, the course is six weeks and online. It'll focus on both practical and emotional support skills and goes over topics like hospice care, quality of life assessments, euthanasia, and handling grief, as per the report. 

Students will expect to learn about the emotional aspects of being a pet death doula, as well as managing their own emotions.

This type of work requires a truly unique individual, and I have immense appreciation for anyone willing to take on this role.

The End-of-Life Pet Doula certificate program will run three times a year, and costs $550.

The first program begins on April 1, and the deadline to apply is March 31.

If you're interested, you can find more information and apply on UNE's website.

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