Conscious Dying, Death Doula/Midwifery Care
Online – Fri- Sun, April 28-30, 2023
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.
Discussions include non-medical care and tools at the bedside to help others to come to terms with their dying
Learn how to help family or friends exercise their legal right to create uniquely designed end-of-life celebrations, funeral arrangements and ceremonies, properly handle paperwork, transportation and other logistics. Discover the benefits of home funerals and green burial.
16 CEUs available for Nurses.
“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 14, 2023.
Online: Click “Add to Cart” near top of page.
By Check: Mail registration form with a check Payable to Final Passages at:
Final Passages, PO Box 1721, Sebastopol, CA 95473
Jerrigrace Lyons, founder of Final Passages, is a Minister, death midwife, educator, home funeral guide and Reiki Master. She founded the educational non-profit organization, Final Passages in 1995 to inform people about little known funeral options, natural death care rights and practicalities, green burial and the benefits of bringing funerals back into the home and family care.
Jerrigrace is featured in the acclaimed PBS documentary, A Family Undertaking (available on Netflix as DVD).
Assistant Instructor: Linda Suhr
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.
Constance Miles, RN, MA
Constance Miles, RN, MA (Counseling Psychology), Birth Midwife (37 years), Certified Death Midwife and End of Life Doula, Poetess and Celebrant
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.
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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