Classes & Training
Below is a listing of the classes and trainings offered by A Sacred Passing. Please contact us to schedule a training if upcoming dates are not listed. Don’t see exactly what you’re looking for? We are happy create the perfect workshop experience for you and your team. Just give us a call to start the conversation.
Death Doula Courses
Death Doula Level 1: Death Companion
This course is designed to help educate and support community members to better support their friends and loved ones during the end of life process. This course is generally held over a weekend with classes on Saturday from 8-5 and Sunday from 8-5. The course offers training in the physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends. Some of the topics we will cover are: body preparation, vigil presencing, active listening, holding sacred space, and companioning. This is not intended to offer training at a professional level. In order to create an intensive and fully supportive learning environment we keep the class size down to 8 so we encourage you to sign up soon once a class date is listed. The course fee is $350, plus an additional site fee in some locations. To register for the course please email us and we will send you an invoice through Paypal. This course is a prerequisite to work with the Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service and to take the Death Doula Level 2 Course or to be enrolled in the Death Midwifery Course.
Next Class Dates:
Bellingham, WA December 9-10, 2017
Seattle, WA February 10-11, 2018
Bellingham, WA April 7-8, 2018
Port Townsend, WA June 16-17, 2018
Seattle, WA August 18-19, 2018
Bellingham, WA September 15-16, 2018
Death Doula Level 2: Professional Companion
This course is designed to help support those who wish to broaden their existing health care practices to include some end-of-life care as a professional ally. This course is generally held over a weekend with classes on Friday night from 6-10, Saturday from 8-5 and Sunday from 9-5. The course offers training in the physical and emotional care of the dying and the surviving family and friends. We will include: how to integrate multiple traditions (cultural and spiritual) into a cohesive respectful offering, working with many options for burial presentations, and primarily a hands on class. In order to create an intensive and fully supportive learning environment we keep the class size down to 8 so we encourage you to sign up soon once a class date is listed. The course fee is $400, plus an additional site fee in some locations. To register for the course please email us and we will send you an invoice through Paypal. This course is a prerequisite to work with the Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service and to be enrolled in the Death Midwifery Course.
Bellingham, WA March 9-11, 2018
Seattle, WA May 27-29, 2018
Bellingham, WA July 27-29, 2018
Seattle, WA October 2018
Bellingham, WA December 2018
We offer free clinical in-services to Whatcom, Skagit and Island County’s health care clinics and Assisted Living Facilities. We offer several time block options to make scheduling in your facility as easy as possible. For as long as there has been man, we have been caring for our dying and our dead. This field of skills has shifted and changed ownership over time. This short presentation by local Death Midwife Ashley Benem will cover the profession, scope of practice, how and when to access a death Midwifery service, skills of for tending to the dying and the dead and training options.
- Presentations duration are from 20 minute to 6 Hour presentations
Non-Medical Support & Guidance for End-of-Life
We will discuss the important roles of companion, ally and advocate through the entire end of life process. Death Midwifery is the particularly suited model of care that helps identify, plan for and support your individual needs regarding: medical, legal, financial, social, spiritual, and emotional care. In our short presentation, we will offer information about this model of care and how to access it.
Completing an Advanced Directive Workshop
Join us as members of A Sacred Passing: Death Midwifery Service answers questions, provides scenarios and lead us through filling out and completing Advanced Directives for End-of-Life Care. Which includes Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (Health Care Agent) and the Advanced Medical Directive (Living Will). We will be using Advanced Directive forms provided by Endoflifewa.org. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.
Death Plan Workshop
In this 1-3 hour workshop we will provide a rich conversation with tools for you to write a Death Plan for yourself or for your loved ones. A Death Plan fills in the gaps of information not covered by a living will, last will and testament, Advanced Care Directive or funeral plan. We will walk you through the easy to follow format of creating an inclusive document that is designed to tie those plans together in a cohesive way for families and loved ones to follow with ease.
Vigils & Wakes: A Return to a Healing Practice
A wake in an ancient tradition, but as we modernized, this common tradition has been lost to the wayside. As is turns out, we do need the time to honor and acknowledge our dying and dead. It provides a place, a time and an organic how to working with the mystery of death. Come join us for an evening session to talk a little about the history of vigil’s and wakes and to explore how a wake helps integrate the body, mind and spirit of the deceased and the people left behind. In this interactive workshop, we will chat about how and why we would revisit this healing tradition.
Death for Dinner or even Dessert
We’re not trying to be checky, but as it turns out, having a dinner for your family or friends and inviting us to help facilitate the conversation to write Death Plans for each person at the table is pretty brilliant. It sets a space for family or friend conversation in a relaxed environment, where we can help answer the questions about planning for the end in a real, practical way. Invite us for dinner and walk away with your Advanced Care Directives complete. It’s a wonderful, caring, and sometimes truly funny way to share with your friends or family.
Small & Group Presentation/Workshops
We are happy to share with your group, small or large, about all of the topics about including: how to get started planning for the end, providing group facilitation of writing Advanced Directives, writing Death Plans, questions about Green Burial or cremation alternatives, the professional field of Death and Dying, the wide array of end of life choices, palliative care and hospice advancements.