“Preparing for death is one of the most empowering things you can do. Thinking about death, clarifies your life.”
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.
“Ready 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 has participants actively exploring the practical preparations of death but also the emotional aspects that we are so masterful in denying. There are 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 Box.” 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.
“What an opportunity you have provided for us to grow, to learn and to ready ourselves and our families for a richer, more comfortable transition.” ~Class Graduate, 2017
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.
One thing that I love about teaching this course over the last two years is witnessing how quickly participant’s relax into the topic and become very open with their thoughts, opinions and experiences. A topic that is usually all “hush hush” is given space and time to be discussed in a respectful, kind and non-judgmental way. One of the most incredible outcomes of this course, and I see it VERY early on, is the sense of relief and empowerment participants feel in not only getting their affairs in order but also confronting their own biases, opinions, fears and emotional hang ups they have around death. It is really fascinating to watch the transformations that take place in only five weeks.
“I came to this class thinking we would just talk about ‘death’ but I discovered a beautiful mix of practical info and encouragement to engage in the contemplation of the emotional aspects. This was so wonderful! The fee was low for the amount of time, quality of sessions and the yummy treats!” ~ Class Graduate, 2018
“It made me think more in depth than I had previously. The instructor was so knowledgeable and her delivery was exceptional. I have made positive and concrete decisions and even changed some of my decisions as a result of the course. I feel better that I’ve accomplished what needs to be done.” ~ Class Graduate, 2018
This course takes place over five consecutive evenings from 6:30-9pm at the Whitewater-Bromley Community Health Centre in Cobden located at 70 Main Street.
UPCOMING 2019 DATES:
Tuesday evenings on April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7
Tuesday, May 21, 28, June 4, 18, 25 (**June 11 is skipped)
Tuesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (3 spots left in the class)
Saturday, November 2 (9am-3pm), Saturday, November 16 ((9am-3pm) and Saturday, November 23 ((9am-noon) ******This class is being offered for those who have difficulty getting out in the evenings. Instead of taking place over five consecutive evenings, it will occur over two and half days.
The cost for the course is $175/ person (**sliding scale available to those experiencing financial hardship). To register, please send an email to email@example.com with the session you wish to take part in or to be put on a list to be notified of upcoming dates.
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.Space Limited…..just 8 participants per class.