My “Conversations With a Death Doula” help to normalize how we talk about the dying experience. When I hold these sessions or workshops with my private clients, they express so much relief. I want everyone to benefit from this knowledge and awareness.
Remember, I’m not just an end-of-life doula in Chicago, I’m also an experienced educator. In total, I have over ten years of experience teaching at both the high school and college level.
Do you know what that’s taught me? The more we learn about something, the less we fear it.
Conversations with a Death Doula (Workshops and Group Sessions)
Join our open, inclusive, and nonjudgmental sessions this fall for some fun and interesting conversations. You will be more prepared for a good death someday, and a better life right now.
With less fear, I guarantee it.
How Autumn Teaches Us To Let Go – Online
Tuesday, September 5: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Getting good at something takes practice. Learn how every Autumn we practice letting go in small ways to prepare for the big letting go at the end of our life. Discover rituals to do from September through November that affirm life, impermanence, and sustained happiness. Click here to register now.
What is a Death Doula? – Online
Thursday, September 7: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Do you want to work with dying people? Are you supporting a loved one with a terminal illness? Do you have a serious diagnosis and need support? Learn how death doulas reduce fears and support care teams while walking their clients and loved ones home. Click here to register now.
How to Get Your Affairs in Order – Online
Tuesday, September 12: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) When doctors say, “Get your affairs in order,” what does that mean? Would you like a checklist of items to do before you get a diagnosis? We discuss my checklist for the dying so you can get your affairs in order now. Click here to register now.
Rosh Hashanah: New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Life and Death – Online
Thursday, September 14: (2 pm – 3:30 pm*) These are the Days of Awe when we reflect on the year that’s passed and look to the year ahead. Start making changes for a better life…and death…now. And you don’t have to be Jewish to join us! Click here to register now.
How Psychedelics Reduce Death Anxiety: And Other T(r)ips – Online
Tuesday, September 19: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Psychedelics help people reduce fears about death in many different ways. We’ll discuss several types of psychedelics and plant medicine, what the studies show, and other ways to reduce emotional and spiritual suffering at the end of life. Click here to register now.
Yom Kippur: Apologizing and Forgiving (For Everyone) – Online
Friday, September 22: (3:30 pm – 5 pm*) Two of the five statements dying people focus on are, “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” Jewish people practice the art of apologizing and forgiving every year on Yom Kippur. You can too! Join us to learn more. Click here to register now.
Ways to Celebrate Life Before Death – Online
Tuesday, September 26: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Living funerals, profound experiences, and sustained happiness. Let’s create a bucket list filled with activities that promote reflection and celebration as well as awe-inspiring ways to enjoy life before you die. Click here to register now.
Alternatives to Traditional Embalming and Burials – Online
Wednesday, September 27: (2 pm – 3:30 pm*) Are you concerned about climate change? Do you live with certain Earth-first values? These values are important and many of us want to honor these values, and the Earth, after we die, too. Learn about eco-friendly options like water cremation, human composting, and more. Click here to register now.
VSED: A Peaceful, Legal Way to Die On Your Own Terms – Online
Tuesday, October 3: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) With the proper support, Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) is a peaceful and comfortable way to hasten death. It’s also legal in all fifty states and supported by every major world religion. If you want to know more about this for yourself or a loved one, join us. Click here to register now.
How to Comfort the Dying at Home – Online
Friday, October 6: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Does your parent, partner, or loved one have a terminal illness? Do they want to die at home, surrounded by loved ones, rather than in a hospital, surrounded by strangers? You can do this. Join us to find out how to support them at home during this sacred time. Click here to register now.
10 Things To Do Before You Die – Online
Tuesday, October 10: (11 am – 12:30 pm*) Make sure you finish these practical, emotional, and spiritual to-do items before you die. Concrete actions reduce regrets and guilt at the end of your life. You can even get started now, before a diagnosis! Click here to register now.
Let’s Talk About Grief – Online
Thursday, October 12: (2 pm – 3:30 pm*) We’ll discuss the stages of grief and how people mourn differently, even in the same family, and that’s okay! We’ll also touch on grief rituals that people use to process their own bereavement. Click here to register now.
Ways the Ghosts of Lincoln Park Teach Us About Life and Death – In Person
Saturday, October 28: (4:30 pm – 6 pm*) In-person tour of haunted places in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and what these ghost stories teach us about life and death. Outdoors, rain or shine, with dinner and drinks (sold separately) afterward at the most haunted pub in Illinois. Be prepared to slowly walk about a mile altogether from Oz Park to Red Lion Pub. We will send more details a week before the session. Click here to register now.
Halloween: Why is Death So Creepy? – Online
Tuesday, October 31: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) One of our most popular conversations with a death doula, we talk about Halloween traditions over the centuries and how this annual holiday helps us make sense of death and the afterlife. Click here to register now.
Day of the Dead: Honoring Our Deceased Loved Ones – Online
Thursday, November 2: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Let’s discuss this annual holiday, its origins, and what we can learn from honoring the dead. Click here to register now.
Let’s Talk About Advance Directives – Online
Wednesday, November 8: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) We’ll discuss advance directives and durable power of attorney, how to write your directives, and ways to discuss them with loved ones. Click here to register now.
Basic Sign Language for Older Adults – Online
Tuesday, November 14: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Are you losing your hearing? Learn some basic signs that make it easier to live and communicate with your loved ones. Click here to register now.
How Thanksgiving Helps Us Practice Saying “Thank You” – Online
Thursday, November 16: (11:30 am – 1 pm*) Saying “thank you” is one of the top five statements the dying want to make. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to practice expressing gratitude – before a diagnosis. Click here to register now.
I hope you’ll join us for these workshops, group sessions, and conversations with a death doula. Remember, talking about it won’t kill you!