Classes/Speaking Topics

De-mystifying death.  Facing Mortality. 

Ethical Issues at the End-of-Life

There is nearly every way to keep a person alive today, but just because we can, should we? Would you want to be kept alive with a feeding tube? Can you withhold food and fluids at the end-of-life? 

These issues and more will be explored in a group discussion.

Being with Dying

Many of us are uncomfortable being around someone who is dying. "What should I say?"  "What should I do?"  "What shouldn't I say or do?"

Delving into how to be with someone at the end of life, as well as, their loved ones

Integrative Therapies at the


Exploring and discussing how aromatherapy, music, gentle touch, and massage therapy can enhance the quality of life and help with managing symptoms at the end-of-life for the dying AND their caregivers/loved ones.

Beyond Advance Directives: Scripting End-of-Life Wishes

Offering an opportunity to put your end-of-life wishes in writing and learn more about the documents needed to communicate these wishes to surviving loved ones.

Caring for the Dying

What does the dying process look life? 

How do I care for someone who is dying?

Practical information will be provided and questions answered.

Living with the End-in-Mind: 

Living an Authentic Life through a Mindfulness of Mortality

How might your life be transformed by changing your relationship with death? 

How might your death be transformed?

Join us as we explore how bringing this silent companion- death- more fully into our lives can actually create greater peace and joy in life.

Facing Death

Documentary & Discussion

How far would you go to sustain the life of a loved one or your own? Examining the complicated reality of today's modern medicalized death, offering intimate encounters of patients facing the prospect of dying in a way ever imagined.

Serving the Dying: The End-of-Life Doula

Fairly new to the scene, the doula is another layer of support to the hospice team in caring for the dying with a focus on non-medical care and support of the family. Doulas serve individuals at all stages in the process, from advance care planning to funeral celebrants. 

Information about the rationale for them and the services that they provide, will be discussed.

Being Mortal

Documentary & Discussion

Surgeon Atul Gawande explores the practice of caring for the dying and shows how untrained and uncomfortable doctors are talking with their patients about chronic illness and death.


Documentary & Discussion

Stephen Jenkinson was once the leader of a palliative care counselling team. He has been at the deathbed of well over 1,000 people. What he sees over and over, he says, is "a wretched anxiety and an existential terror" even when there is no pain. He has made it his life's mission to change the way we die - to turn the act of dying from denial and resistance into an essential part of life.

A Will for the Woods

Documentary & Discussion

Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician and psychiatrist, Clark Wang, prepares for his home funeral and green burial while battling lymphoma.