If you’re death-curious, you’ve come to the right place. When we regularly talk about dying and make plans in advance about our own deaths, we’re much more likely to:
- Live with less anxiety and fear.
- Die good deaths with joy and meaning.
- Ensure our loved ones have more peace and less regret during the grieving process.
- Reduce the burden felt by those we leave behind.
Join our group sessions in June and reduce any anxiety you feel about death. I promise it won’t kill you! All you need is a computer and a reliable internet connection.
Caregivers, Senior-Care Professionals, and Palliative or Hospice Patients: Join Us
Our online workshops are life-affirming, positive ways to learn more about end-of-life issues, especially if you:
- Care for people at the end of life
- Support seniors and their loved ones
- Love someone who’s dying
- Want to live with less fear of death
- Need to write out advance directives or final wishes
- Want a good death for yourself or someone you love
Every week in June, I’m presenting group sessions on different days from 11:30 am – 1 pm, central time. Choose as many topics as you like. We’ll have informative, fun, and helpful discussions with a Q&A at the end.
Registration is only $25 per person and the link will be sent to you before the session.
Workshops and Group Sessions for the Death-Curious
What Is a Death Doula?
A death doula provides non-medical care for someone who is dying and/or support for loved ones. And so much more! In this workshop, we’ll review the work of a death doula, the standard services they/we provide, and what brings us to this work. We also talk about the origins of the death-positive movement and what it means to be an inclusive death doula.
What Are Your Fears About Death?
Most people fear physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. We talk about how to reduce those fears along with comfort care for each category at end-of-life. We’ll also discuss death doulas, how they comfort and support people with these issues and more.
What Are Eco-Friendly Options When We Die?
Let’s discuss the movement to replace traditional embalming and burials with green or eco-friendly options. You’ll also learn about what options you have in your state right now and what options might be available in the future.
How To Make Advance Directives
We’ll talk about living wills, power of attorney forms, and health care instructions. What are their benefits? How do they help us and our loved ones? We’ll go through the actual forms and get this done.
Talk About Advance Directives
Tender talks are when a) someone fills out advance directives, way before a diagnosis, and wants to share that information with loved ones, or b) after a diagnosis, someone calls their loved ones to discuss the care plan. We discuss these two different scenarios and how to have these tender talks.
Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking
VSED is the only legal option for hastening death in all 50 states. We discuss the moral implications of this painless, peaceful option. Do religions have anything to say about this? We also touch on Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) laws and options that take people out of the country to die with a physician’s assistance.
How To Get Your Affairs in Order?
We’ll go over a checklist for the dying that includes, among other things, creating a care team, calling an attorney, and pre-planning funerals or memorial services.
What is the Dying Process?
How does our body slow down at the end of life? We’ll discuss common experiences including near-death awareness (or visits from deceased loved ones), terminal agitation, death rituals, and ways to comfort someone while they’re actively dying.
An Experienced Educator
I’ve led presentations at Fourth Presbyterian’s popular Center for Life and Learning, Council for Jewish Elderly’s Senior Life series, Northwestern University’s “Adulthood and Aging” undergraduate program, and the Winnetka Women’s Exchange.
Countless other organizations, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities have also sponsored my workshops to help their members learn more about death to enjoy a better life.
Everyone is Welcome
I don’t turn anyone away. If you can’t afford the registration, send me a quick message and I’ll sign you up for free. Everyone deserves a good death and healthy discussions are how we get there.
Hope to see everyone who is death-curious at one of these group sessions in June!