Conscious Dying, Pre-Planning for End-of-Life, and End of Life Doula Practice
Online – Fri- Sun, April 26-28, 2024
Friday 3:00-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 9:30-5:30 pm
Part 1 of a 3-part certificate program
Do you have a calling to work with people who are moving through their final transition?
Are you interested in a more holistic approach to living, dying and after-death care?
Explore conscious dying and what it is to prepare for your own passing or that of a loved one. Discuss the practices, practicalities and preparation we need for our own living and dying as well as for those we might be assisting. Discover ways to deepen our presence at the bedside.
Discussions include non-medical care and tools at the bedside to help others to come to terms with their dying
“Responding to COVID Lockdown, Jerrigrace and Sally adeptly converted coursework into an electronic high-visual format, both accessible and inviting. With their gentle encouragement and guidance the class energy was redirected to master Zoom technology and to build a learning cohort.”~ Maureen
Join us in Level 1 as we explore:
- Conscious dying; focusing on death as a sacred time and natural cycle of life
- Planning ahead and exploring our own last wishes, concerns and fears surrounding death
- Guiding others across the threshold
- Learning new & ancient customs and exploring our own wishes
- Practical information to prepare for death: e.g: Advanced Directives, POLST, stages of dying
- Tools of transformation, assisting others across the threshold such as Threshold choir, music, Reiki, and other forms of bedside care of the dying
- Feature film on Conscious Dying
Work/trade discounts are available. Contact us to discuss ways we can make it possible for you to attend.
Early Bird savings of $45 automatically applied if paid in full by Friday, April 12, 2024.
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By Check: Write down your name, mailing address, email address, phone number and name of class with a check Payable to Final Passages at:
Final Passages, PO Box 1721, Sebastopol, CA 95473
is a minister, death midwife, Reiki Master, and a renowned pioneer of the home funeral movement. She is the Founder and Director of Final Passages. She created a 3-tiered certificate training program, guided nearly 500 family-directed home funerals to date, and pioneered a new field of “home funeral guidance.” Jerrigrace is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary A Family Undertaking,The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
Jerrigrace consults with individuals who wish to plan for their end of life at anytime in their life stream. She specializes in home funeral planning and is a certified MAiD (Medical Aid in Dying) Doula, supporting those who choose this option and those who are present to witness and hold space.
Jerrigrace is also a member of the SoCoElda (Sonoma County End of Life Doula Alliance).
Constance Miles, RN, MA
Constance birthed her four daughters at home and midwifed her eldest and youngest during the homebirths of her six granddaughters. Transitioning from birth work to end of life work was a natural segue, after midwifing her son by marriage through his final journey and removing her mom from life support. Both events inspired original poems which grew into her self-published collection, Lamentations: Grief and Remembrance.
As a registered nurse, Constance has worked in a multitude of settings. She offers deep listening, a compassionate presence and a quirky sense of humor. She is on the Final Passages Core Council and has guided many home funerals She cherishes being a Nana, gardener, poet and dancer.
Linda Suhr is an end-of-life doula whose guiding principle is to listen to and meet clients wherever they are on their end-of-life journey. Many of her clients are relatively healthy and are pro-actively seeking to put their affairs in order. She supports these clients as they deeply reflect on essential end-of-life considerations, gather important documents and organize them all in a cohesive way so that their loved ones will be able to honor their wishes when the time comes. Linda also holistically supports those who are actively dying and their caregivers in the medley of care needed at the end of life.
Linda founded Autumn of Life Planning in 2021 and is a founding member of Sonoma County End of Life Doula Alliance.
Manena Harper, BA and End-of-Life Nanny
Manena created Heart Centered Memorials (HCM) after attending the Final Passages Workshops. She has a diverse business background including managing a non-profit free clinic for seniors in Santa Monica, California that was featured on 60 minutes and 20/20. She left a position as VP of a national company to start HCM. She has been involved with end of life care since 1974 she has facilitated many home funerals and memorial services. She was her husband’s end-of-life care-giver, and directed and facilitated his home funeral. She has been part of the Final Passages family for almost 20 years.
Guest Presenter on a personal family-directed home funeral – to be announced
What Level 1 Students Are Saying
I really loved the breakout sessions and the ability to intimately connect with others, even though we were online. I got a lot out of the practices requiring us to examine ourselves and go through the self-inquiry and decision-making processes that we expect future clients & their families to do. Healer heal thyself!
I thought the training was well-balanced between the practical “clinical” aspects: terminology, paperwork (AHCD), vital statistics, etc. and the personal and spiritual components like grappling with loss, considering our own death, when someone is afraid of dying, etc. All of the videos helped synthesize these teachings. I also appreciated that people were entering at all levels of experience. Listening to other people’s experiences and stories is so enriching.
– Lisa B
The training “incorporated our hearts, minds and spirit into the work. The training embodied what it is to sit with ourselves facing death and applying it to sitting with someone who is dying. We were able to understand more the rights we have and what we should do to maximize those rights, the legal and logistical steps of this process.
Jumping into the group was a big hurdle so I really appreciated the breakout groups. It was so much easier to communicate for me that way. The film on Bryon’s home funeral was uplifting. Felt so good to be exposed to loving options for this ever so “civilized” and antiseptically clean world that we live in now. Jo
– D Joy
I loved the structure you have created for presenting such an abundant amount of information in a short time… interweaving presentations, activities, small group interactions, slides and videos with skill, knowledge, compassion and humor. It was informative, thought provoking and emotionally impactful. I had several unexpected moments of tears.
One of our students made this movie of Level 1 and 2 training:
AFTER YOU COMPLETE LEVEL 1 AND 2:
Level 3 includes a certificate of completion for our death midwifery and home funeral guidance program.
For local graduates, ask about Internship options. Jerrigrace is usually available by telephone to assist any graduates with a home funeral.
It was an honor to receive your sharing and teaching us about your work, your calling to it, and of yourself. For myself, I think most of all I appreciate your realness and being just plain comfortable with not only this work, but your place in it all. Thank you for that. The sense of ease you and Mark model is perhaps the best lesson of them all. With gratitude to you both — Sheila
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