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The Final Passage: A Workshop on Death, Grief & Compassion

Are you or is someone you know near the end of life? Or, maybe you are curious or would like to learn about the reality of death and dying? Do you feel prepared for the mental, emotional, spiritual, physical and practical aspects that come with our final passage?

Death is the only thing we can be absolutely certain of in our lives. Yet, our culture does not inform nor prepare us for this "final act". The reality and practicalities surrounding death can be overwhelming if you don't know what to expect.

Death is also here to teach us how to truly live. When we learn to accept our mortality, we are free to love and be fully present in our lives. How can we express this fullness in our every waking moment?

The facilitators are both experienced hospice workers: Holly has been a nurse for 17 years, working in Hospice for the past 7 years, and I (Samuel) worked as a Bereavement Counselor supporting people through grief and loss. We bring a very grounded and practical understanding of death and dying, as well as a reverence for the sacred & spiritual nature of this stage of life.

Topics will include:
- Physical signs and symptoms of dying
- Logistical/practical aspects of death & dying
- Using death as a spiritual/life practice
- The essential role of compassion
- Grief & loss

We will share real stories, facilitate discussion and lead you through experiential exercises and meditations. We want to normalize death, thus, this workshop will look at and give you an experience of the reality – i.e. the light and the dark.

Cost of the workshop is $20 (link below), but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Parking is limited in front of and behind the building, but ample parking is available in the surrounding area (on Gravenstein).

(It has come to my attention that there is an organization in Sebastopol that focuses on end of life called Final Passages; we are not affiliated with them!)


Samuel is a Meditation Teacher and Transformation Coach. Previously a psychotherapist, his life was transformed after working in hospice as a Bereavement Counselor, and after encountering his own near-death experience the year prior. He appreciates the multiplicity of life, apparent even in death and grief.

Holly is a Registered Nurse, Biodynamic Craniosacral Practitioner, and Energy Medicine Practitioner. She weaves together science and spirit, and offers a holistic approach to navigating our mortality with empowerment, intention and grace. By sitting so closely with mortality, death continues to teach her how to fully live.