PROGRAM ONLINE Celebrating This Precious Life – Honest Conversations about Death and Dying

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“Celebrating This Precious Life: Honest Conversations about Death and Dying”.

This is an opportunity to explore the topic of ‘death and dying’ in a supportive and ongoing group environment. There will be meditations, creative writing practices, engaging practices and conversations. There will also be extra resources and contemplations for in-between sessions if you would like to delve deeper. This is not a death doula or funeral celebrant training. This is about our dying, our living, our celebrating this one precious life.

The program consists of seven online gatherings 2.5 hours long. There will be large and small group discussions, writing, meditation, reflective practices and also a short break included. See more details below.

COSTS: Our program is offered on a sliding scale to ensure equity of access. People ask me for guidelines. A suggested sliding scale for the 7 sessions is from $70- $350 however we don’t want cost to be a barrier to attending so please offer whatever you can to enable this work to flourish.


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“Celebrating This Precious Life: Honest Conversations about Death and Dying”. Seven sessions, once a month.

There will be two groups running at different times, to cater to different time zones around the world. For more information and to register, please click on the links below

Celebrating This Precious Life – Honest Conversations about Death and Dying.

I appreciated joining a group of interesting, thoughtful people, willing to explore those conversations that can be difficult to have in my own family, especially while there is active illness being dealt with. Wendy’s guidance keeps the conversations open and safe and gently probes each participant to a new level of understanding. Masterful facilitation and the ripples continue in my daily life. I am grateful to have had this opportunity. Kathrine Fraser, Celebrant, New Zealand.

Explore together topics that will bring clarity on what we want and what we can let go of. We will traverse through practical concerns such as:

  • end of life care plans
  • advanced care directives and making a will
  • disposing of the corpse
  • the funeral ceremony
  • what do you need to do before you die?

and also topics that will bring healing and renewal:

  • creating a life review
  • what is the song on our lips as we live… and die?
  • unfinished business
  • practices that support mindfulness and connection, releasing and belonging
  • dying with dignity, being with indignity and ‘being a burden’
  • our role in becoming an ancestor and speaking to our descendants
  • what does it mean ‘to die before you die’?

You will find a greater understanding and knowing of your inner wisdom by listening to yourself and to others. You will also have access to a rich body of resources for further study and contemplation.

“Wendy’s course is so full and rich. There’s so much to learn about the practicals of the life journey, and to uncover the deep learnings that come from within. All in all – a very special uncovering of how it just might feel if you are given an ‘end date’. I’m so grateful to be part of this group.” Julie Weston, Celebrant, Australia

“I am grateful for your tender yet expert manoeuvring of souls (us) through this nebulous territory. There is so much about dying and death that is still unmapped, however, you are providing us with such a lot of experiences with which to make sense of ourselves, and ultimately that is all the preparation that is truly needed for our inevitable meeting with The Mysteries. THANK YOU, for your time, your love, your patience, and for your skilful awareness that is leading us through.”  Mimi Zenzmaier, Holistic Funeral Director/Death Doula/Celebrant, NSW, Australia

“There are not enough words to express how special this programme truly is. It is both gentle and powerful. Wendy is a remarkable person, with a soul that seeks to connect – and who succeeds in creating a safe space for others to delve inside themselves, to explore and enrich what living and dying means to them – and to learn what more they can do to connect with the earth – in life and death. I have benefitted greatly, and appreciate it all.” Moira Hill, End of Life Conversations, End of Life Coach & Educator, England. 

“I have loved the variety in the programme. The highlight has, however, been focusing my Life Review around the concepts of forgiveness and gratitude … so powerful on so many levels, both personally and professionally!” Helen Rutledge, Celebrant, New Zealand

“Wendy Haynes is incredible. The challenge of considering ones imminent death is confronting however Wendy encourages openness, compassion, empathy and understanding of an individuals thoughts and beliefs. This program has allowed me to consider death openly, for myself, for my family and for others. Wendy’s guidance has allowed me to embrace my passion of assisting others preparing for death. I confidently have the foundations to proceed with End of Life Doula training, thank you Wendy.” Heather Hinton, Celebrant, NSW, Australia.

“The program and Wendys presence and guidance have benefited my life, relationships and decisions profoundly! I am 22 years old  and I have learned so much about myself and my desires, perceptions and deepened the connection with myself and others. Because I started talking about death, suffering and disconnection with my family, friends and colleagues they got really curious and also inspired. I love the gatherings and practices that brought me back to myself and supported me to speak and listen from my heart – being authentic and present. Talking about death during the sessions, I have started feeling more and more alive and intensified my relationships.” Elisa, Student, Germany

This program has captured my heart and awareness in so many ways! Before this course I had not given much thought to the death and dying process. The last 30 years of my life have been focused on life and living. This year I turned 70 and realized that at this stage of my life It might be time to address the subject of death and dying. During our months together, and in our conversations and contemplation on life and death, my first realization was that I am the ancestry for my family and I am the legacy! What is the legacy I will leave?  In turning towards the beautiful and deep inquiry into these questions of life, death, preparation of death and legacy, I became very aware of all that was needed to leave this beautiful life in peace and feeling complete. You have provided and embraced me with incredible tools and skills needed for this next chapter of my life with deep acceptance, compassion, and understanding. The connection with the amazing soulful participants from all over the world has me so deeply and will be in my heart forever. One of my dear friends, who was with us during this course, sent me this quote and I feel it sums up our time together. “When we are helped to face the reality of our mortality, we can gently begin to assess our own end of life needs”. Sanctuary & Funeral Home in Australia.  In Love, Appreciation and Gratitude,  BJ Garcia, Texas, USA

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