Death is a predictable ending to all living things. The tricky part about death is that we don’t know when or how it will unfold. Since it isn’t the most pleasant of topics to think about, most of us, in our North American culture, tend to exist in a place of denial when it comes to our own demise. This seems reasonable enough and yet, we do a disservice to not only ourselves but to our family and friends, as well.

After much thought, education and professional training, I felt that there was a need in my community to offer a space to discuss the very things we fear. The thing is, we are all going to die. Knowing your options and being as prepared as one can be, is a wise and healthy alternative to living in denial and fear about the whole thing. It turns out that when you jump in and face the reality of the inevitable, you free up so much space and energy to dedicate to the art of living well.

10389472_1682998655294689_4322197223300979054_nReady Or Not!~ Preparing for the Inevitable” is a course that I have spent countless hours researching, contemplating and developing to offer something practical for my fellow mortals to prepare for their own deaths. We assume that all that is needed is a Will but there is so much more to know and think about.

This course will have participants actively exploring the practical preparations of death but also the emotional aspects that we are so masterful in denying. There will be exercises and homework to be completed each week so that by the end of the course, you will have created your own “Ready or Not Death Guide.” This will be a gift to your family when your time comes. EVERYTHING they need to know about all aspects of YOUR dying, death and afterwards will be contained in this one resource. Guest speakers, meaningful conversations, up-to-date video clips and resources will all be a part of this unique and timely course. It is a very personal course which means that participants attend in preparation for their own deaths (unless it is a specialized group like parents of medically fragile children). The goal is to get this done long before you are actually dying. Death comes suddenly sometimes so assuming there will be time “to get your affairs in order” is nothing more than wishful thinking. 

This course will take place over five consecutive evenings from 6:30-9pm at the Whitewater-Bromley Community Health Centre in Cobden located at 70 Main Street.

Upcoming Fall 2017 dates are as follows:

Session 1: Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, Sept. 26 & Oct. 3
Session 2: Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 14 & Nov. 21 **The third class will skip a week due to Hallowe’en

The cost for the course is $150/ person. To register, please send an email to julie@juliekeon.com with the session you wish to take part in. I will then send the registration form. In order to hold your spot in this course, you must send a completed registration form with payment. Confirmation of registration will follow.