Conscious Living, Conscious Dying — Preparing for the End of Life

Contemplate important end-of-life questions and prepare the necessary documents in a supportive group process

5-Week Online Workshop
   November 12, 19
   December 3, 10, 17

Over a two-year period, from 2016 to 2018, we had five deaths in our ecovillage. All five folks received home funerals and home burials and several of them were cared for and died at home. The journey for us was profound on so many levels. This workshop emerged through our own experience, help from our mentors, wisdom from the dying, and a synthesis of the celebrations and challenges. We offer our integrated village experience as a guide for folks to replicate a similarly conscious and positive end-of-life process.

Description

Join us for this sacred journey to contemplate end-of-life intentions and prepare the appropriate documents. Whether for yourself or for a loved one, intentionally preparing for death honors life and greatly increases the likelihood of having a good death.

Creating clear end-of-life paperwork is important for all stages of life and health. Written documents help loved ones know what to expect, guide our own inner and outer processes and, when the time comes, allow us to turn our attention to the mystery and magic inherent in the dying process. As we make the time and space to contemplate important end-of-life questions, we become more comfortable considering, discussing, and deciding on all aspects of the ideal journey.

During our five weeks together, you will receive an overview of the entire spectrum of end-of-life paperwork, focus extensively on end-of-life directives, dive into after-death options, and come away with a profoundly expanded understanding of end-of-life options. You will have the opportunity to complete the Five Wishes document, which is an internationally renowned and recognized advanced care directive often described as a “living will with a heart and soul.” You will also be able to complete the Dementia Directive, the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST) and Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) forms, after-death forms of various kinds, and a checklist for further actions.

Expect expert information, real-life examples, one-on-one and group discussions, opportunities for contemplation, resources galore, and easy discussions, as well as active encouragement for next steps. Working in a group context allows for a depth of sharing that is not accessible in an individual process. The supportive group atmosphere offers an exchange of ideas, experiences, stories, and support as you work through your process. And you may join in a movement that ultimately builds death-literate and death-positive communities.

Mollie, Kimchi, and Lee with Kimchi's death documents

We highly recommend getting your end of life papers in order. Lee did a great job guiding people through this process at a pleasing pace while making room for people’s questions. Lee is full of knowledge and experience and she generously shares all her relevant resources to help you complete this process. Don’t procrastinate any longer.

Pripo & Rainbow T., Black Mountain, NC

Kimchi with her death team

Sessions

Session 1: Internally & Externally Getting Right with Death
Session 2: Designing my Last Days
Session 3: Crafting Specific Instructions
Session 4: After Death Options
Session 5: Building Death-Positive Community

Key Course Outcomes

  • Develop a comfort with end-of-life discussions
  • Understand our end-of-life philosophies
  • Engage with death-positive cultural mindsets
  • Discuss examples of external and internal preparations for death
  • Share about a deceased loved one
  • Experience inspiration for end-of-life preparation
  • Contemplate end-of-life issues
  • Discover the categories of end-of-life paperwork
  • Distinguish end of life paperwork that pertains to pre- and post- death
  • Discuss health care agents and their ideal characteristics
  • Contemplate personal health care agent choices
  • Understand the range of life-prolonging measures
  • Discuss personal desire for life-prolonging measures
  • Experience the Go Wish Card Game
  • Practice conversations with loved ones about end of life topics
  • Experiment with an end-of-life checklist
  • Engage with Five Wishes addendums
  • Discover the Dementia Directive, Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (MOST), and DNR options
  • Discuss and contemplate choices for disposition of the body
  • Learn from the home funeral and home burial practices at Earthaven
  • Learn from others’ experiences
  • Understand end-of-life financial choices
  • Build capacity for end-of-life conversations
  • Learn about the movement and share the possibilities for death-literate communities
Chuck Marsh's wake

Schedule

Fridays 4 – 6 pm Eastern Time

November 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17

Register

Donation Options: $185 — $210 — $250

Because some people have more financial means than others, this program has a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The middle of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point. By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others.

Scholarships

We offer 50% scholarships to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at info@schoolofintegratedliving.org.

This workshop was exactly what I needed to take next steps in preparation for my “demise”. I loved the format in every way. 

Mountaine, L. TN

About the Instructor

Lee Warren

Lee Warren

Faculty and SOIL Co-Founder

Lee is a sustainability professional with twenty five years of experience envisioning, designing, and living innovative solutions to organic food systems, intentional community, and sustainability education. She’s been living in rural, land-based community since 1995 and at Earthaven Ecovillage since 2000.

The Deep Dive Experience

Interactive Two-Hour Sessions

Enjoy five weekly two-hour live online sessions with one of our awesome ecovillagers.

Learn in a dynamic setting with presentations, group discussion, small group activities, and question and answer sessions.

Share Your Journey

Journey with others on the same path, share experiences, and make connections

Learn from those ahead of you and share with those just getting started. Hear answers to the questions you haven’t thought of yet and learn about the path ahead.

Tools For Your Future

Worksheets and reference materials meet you where you are.

And you always have access to the recordings, worksheets, and reference materials for another source of inspiration.