Online: Celebrating This Precious Life – Honest Conversations about Death and Dying 2024

Explore the profound topic of ‘death and dying’ within a nurturing and continuous group environment. Our program offers a unique blend of meditations, creative writing practices, engaging activities, and heartfelt conversations. Delve deeper between sessions with extra resources and contemplations. Please note that this is not a death doula or funeral celebrant training; it is an exploration of our dying, our living, and the celebration of this one precious life.

  • Seven online gatherings, each lasting 2.5 hours (with a short break to rejuvenate!)
  • Large and small group discussions
  • Writing exercises, meditations, and reflective practices

To ensure equitable access, our program operates on a sliding scale. While a suggested range for the 7 sessions is $100-$450, we understand that financial situations vary. Please contribute what you can to support the flourishing of this meaningful work. We believe in the importance of making this exploration accessible to all.

Your willingness to engage in these honest conversations is a beautiful contribution to the shared wisdom of our community.

For any inquiries or if cost is a concern, feel free to reach out. We are here to ensure that this exploration is accessible to everyone.


“Celebrating This Precious Life: Honest Conversations about Death and Dying”. Seven sessions, once a month from March to September 2024. This dynamic yet gentle program offers the opportunity for authentic and engaging conversations and deep listening on and around the topic of death and dying.

Introductory gathering: Saturday 24th February 2024, 9-10am AEDT. Click here to register for the introductory session.

There will be two groups running at different times, to cater to different time zones around the world. One on Monday evenings and the other on Friday mornings. (Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart timezone)

For the full program:

Click here to book for the Monday evening sessions  6.30pm-9:00pm (Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart timezone)

Click here to book for Friday morning sessions. 9am-11.30am (Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart timezone)

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.

A Welcome from Wendy and Chani



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

“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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